Models of the clothing line capable of absorbing CO₂ -

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  • Clothing is capable of absorbing ambient carbon dioxide and rejecting oxygen, according to our partner DNA.

  • Their photosynthetic coating is made from algae.

  • The collection is the result of the collaboration between the DS Automobiles brand, the EGONlab fashion designer pool and the Post Carbon Lab design studio.

The idea will not solve the problem of textile overproduction, but could help clean up our cities.

During Paris Fashion Week, DS Automobiles brand unveiled a minimalist clothing line in collaboration with emerging fashion label EGONlab and London-based research and design studio Post Carbon Lab.

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Living clothes

The collection of four garments - a bomber, a trench coat and two t-shirts - is meant to be more sustainable: it was designed using a photosynthetic coating with algae capable of absorbing carbon dioxide and rejecting oxygen.

The layer of algae, affixed to the textile, is made up of natural ingredients, including nutrients derived from plants, yeasts, minerals and water.

photo © EGONlab, DS Automobiles & Post Carbon Lab

“The process aims to reproduce what nature already does but on textiles, explains the Post Carbon Lab studio in



As for the coating process, it took between seven and ten weeks ”, the time (for the four garments) to absorb the equivalent of 1.45 kilograms of CO₂, a value comparable to what an oak of 6 years would capture in the space of six months.

Treat your clothes like plants

Of course, we forget about machine washing!

Composed of microorganisms, clothing should be maintained by hand with a neutral pH detergent.

Like a plant, they need to sunbathe and be "misted" regularly because the amount of carbon captured depends on the health of the algae.

photo © EGONlab, DS Automobiles & Post Carbon Lab

Enough to radically change our relationship with fashion and think about our daily habits to the rhythm of nature.

Since we could one day store our data in the DNA of plants (rather than in power-

hungry data centers

), our clothes could forge more symbiotic relationships with the environment.

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A hypothesis that Iranian-Canadian researcher Roya Aghighi shares with her Biogarmentry algae cell textiles project: if our clothes become “dependent beings”, we will build with them “a more intimate relationship by taking care of them”.

In France, companies are also designing algae carbon sinks to absorb certain polluting particles in urban areas, but for the moment, this type of technology is still experimental.


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