Azgard-9, a Lahore-based denim maker has created a bio-garmentry that can photosynthesize, which implies it can deliver oxygen. Furthermore, this material has some antibacterial properties as well. Azgard-9 is focused on practical creation choices for quick design.
The garment industry is the second greatest polluter in the world, accounting for 10% of global carbon emissions. Fast fashion makes the issue much riskier. Every year, the garment industry must make 80 million garments, which is 400% more than what was produced 20 years ago. This is why, according to a McKinsey analysis from 2018, this industry is responsible for 2.1 billion metric tonnes of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Now is the time to find a solution.
The denim sector was on the lookout for ways to cut carbon emissions. Azgard-9, on the other hand, is the first business to propose using oxygen-generating technology instead of carbon-negative production. Roya Aghighi, a Canadian-Iranian designer, originally unveiled the concept in 2019. She utilised algae in the fabric, which, like a plant, uses photosynthesis to convert carbon dioxide into oxygen.
Azgard-9 uses the same process in denim, but this material was more linen-like. Instead of living algae, they employed a membrane-bound polyamide in denim. The fabric is breathable, waterproof, and heat resistant as a result of this. Its antibacterial and antiviral properties also eliminated the need for frequent household cleaning.
The poncho is still not on display in the shop window since it requires additional R&D before it can be sold.
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