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Stretchable blueprint

Art & Leisure

There are biodegradable flags and environmentally-friendly colours for jeans.

Meanwhile a fourth-generation owner of an Italian family-run textile company has shown that stretch jeans can be sustainably manufactured too.

The new yarn contains natural rubber instead of oil-based elastane. His jeans are fully biodegradable and can even be used as fertiliser for raw materials such as cotton.

After 3 months only 5g of the original 300g fabric remain; after 6 months, it’s all gone.

The idea was born in a delicatessen when the owner came upon salami packaged in rubber yarn.

After 4 years of experimenting he was finally satisfied with his creation: the first jeans made with zero microplastics.

And, in time, his yarn could become even more sustainable.

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