NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Circular Systems S.P.C. (Social Purpose Corporation) is a materials science company focusing on converting agricultural, industrial and post-consumer wastes into high value textile fibers for the fashion industry.
The company was confirmed as the first place winner of the 2018 Global Change Award, which recognizes the most exciting sustainable fashion developments, at a ceremony in Stockholm. Circular Systems S.P.C. was awarded a grant in excess of $350,000 from the H&M Foundation, after being selected from among 2,600 applicants, coming from more than 180 countries.
In 1960, 97% of our fibers came from plants and animals. Today, that number is approximately 35%. Petrochemical fibers are now the norm but natural fibers are the exception. Circular Systems S.P.C. has spent the past 20 years creating a low-impact production process that will redefine the meaning of sustainable materials in the fashion industry. Through their revolutionary Agraloop Bio-Refinery process, they are able to generate food-crop fiber out of plant waste that is left by the harvesting of food crops.
Food crop waste is often burned or left to rot, releasing significant amounts of carbon dioxide and methane gas into the atmosphere. By creating a low-cost, closed loop bio-refinery system, this process also brings additional income to farmers, turning their crop residues into more income.
The Agraloop Bio-Refinery offers a solution. With this, the company sees a 10 million ton-per-year opportunity to convert food crop wastes into high value fiber for textiles and industry, specifically using banana trunks, pineapple leaves, sugarcane bark, and stems of oilseed hemp and flax plants as our raw materials.
“We’ve created what we call the agraloop,” explains Isaac Nichelson, the CEO of the American-based company. “[It’s a] regenerative system that uses plant-based chemistry and plant-based energy to upgrade the fibres whilst enriching the local communities and creating a new economic system.”
Nichelson explained further how the impact of winning the Global Change Award will effect this disruptive start-up, saying that, “winning the Global Change Award means we can begin to unlock huge value for the textile and fashion industry. We can now propel this important technology much faster into scaled production. The grant will be used for optimizing our closed-loop technology, protecting IP, and beginning to produce commercial Agraloop BioFibre™ productions.”
WHERE IS IT DONE?
The system works at the farm level to convert food waste into resources with modular mini-mills.
THE TECHNOLOGY INTRO
These mini-mills produce plant-based energy and plant-based chemistry from the same food waste.
THE TECHNOLOGY BENEFIT
The system prevents air pollution and regenerates depleted soil.
DIRECT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
Agraloop bio-fibers are recycled and are recyclable. They are renewable and biodegradable.
RAW MATERIAL CONSUMER IMPACT
Agraloop bio-fibers are low cost, comfortable, safe and healthy to wear.
THE SOCIETAL IMPACT
Agraloop bio-fibers do not compete with food production but rather provides farmers with additional income and creates rural manufacturing jobs.
Circular Systems S.P.C. is a company dedicated to zero-waste and providing the world with a truly sustainable material.
About Circular Systems S.P.C.:
Circular Systems S.P.C. is a clean-tech new materials company, focused on the development of innovative circular and regenerative technologies to go beyond zero-waste in order to achieve regenerative impacts for the benefit of nature, society, and economics. The founders of Circular Systems S.P.C. –– CEO Isaac Nichelson, COO Geof Kime and CTO Yitzac Goldstein –– have been committed to low-impact production strategies for more than 20-years. Our team has a combined experience of nearly 100-years in fiber/yarn/textile and finished goods manufacture.