Walmart partners with biotech firm to convert captured carbon to clothing


US-based multinational retail giant Walmart has unveiled plans to explore the use of captured carbon emissions to produce carbon-negative resource-neutral textiles that can be used for clothing and other materials.

The manufacturing pilot will explore the integration of technology supplied by project partner Rubi Laboratories (Rubi) to be used at a larger scale in the Walmart supply chain and test the capture of carbon emissions at some of Walmart’s own facilities.

Having taken inspiration from how trees consume carbon dioxide (CO2) to create cellulose, Rubi developed a technology that captures and converts carbon emissions, spinning the resulting cellulose into fabric.

The brand pilot will test Rubi’s fibre performance in a prototype garment, with a goal of producing garment samples.

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