The Impact of Textiles

The main source of textile waste is discarded clothing, accounting for about 10% of carbon emissions worldwide. The U.S alone produces 16 Million Tons of textile waste annually. This averages to 97 Ibs. of waste produced by every single person yearly.

400 Tons of C02

Produced from manufacturing clothing.

200M Tons of Plastic

Produced from manufacturing clothing.

Your Closet's Annual Waste

1 Garbage Truck Full

Of clothing is burned every second at a landfill.

93B CBM of Water

Used to manufacture clothing.

We Need CHANGE

Clothing brands even agree that the textile industry is immensely unsustainable and that their pollution footprint will only increase. Textile companies want to be more sustainable, but haven't reach a solution so some lie, which is why greenwashing has become major issue.

Where do your clothes go when you discard them? 
Most of the time to a landfill where the fabrics can take 20 to 200+ years to degrade.

What happens when these clothes degrade? 
Chemicals used to create the fabric begin to decay and seep into surrounding areas, such as land, water, and air which ultimately ends up inside the stomachs of water and land creatures.

What's done with the clothes when there's lack of space?
The last resort is burning the clothes which can release a mass number of chemicals and greenhouse gases (e.g. carbon dioxide and methane) into the atmosphere.

Our team of entrepreneurs and material scientists knew that there had to be a better way to bridge the gap between performance and sustainability by using natural resources.

So We Sought To Make Materials By Starting At The Source

Our Approach

Break down plants to the point where we can extract nano-sized particles and use these components as the permanent replacement for plastic within textile manufacturing.

The plants we'll use are great at absorbing CO2 quickly. So while tackling the carbon emissions issue we are also directly creating fabrics from the broken down plants that capture the carbon.

There are over 25 potential plant species that we could regenerate into performance textiles.

Sugarcane

Hemp Stalks and Hurds

Soybean Stalks

Orange Peels

Agave Bagasse

A Call To Action To Farmers

Agricultural streams offer immense potential as a sustainable source of cellulose-rich plants to be regenerated into fibers. We are looking for native plants that are fast growing and low maintenance such as hemp to sequester carbon at a fast rate.

Alternatively, by processing certain plant residues we could help reduce food waste, lower emissions created from field burning, and give farmers additional revenue streams.

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Zero Plastics
Our textile technology allows us to transform specific types of cellulose rich plants into functional fabrics like never before. At Soarce, we have made a strong commitment to incorporate ZERO plastics in our final products without sacrificing on the performance feature we all love in our workout gear.

Water Conservation
Did you know to make 100 cotton t-shirts, you need 12 swimming pools of water? Just because they are natural doesn't mean it's sustainable. At Soarce, our fabric will be made of plant waste to reduce water consumption by over 85% or regenerative crops that use less water, resources, and don't damage the soil it was grown on.

CO2 Reduction
It's time to stop greenwashing and have a concrete plan for the future. By using renewable resources such as fast growing plants and agricultural waste, we will offset the energy and emissions that would be used to melt down plastic while removing carbon during their growth cycles. We have an ambitious mission but we are dedicated to helping fight climate change at the source.

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