A garment that Produces oxygen-Future before fashion



Fashion was responsible for 2.1 billion metric tons of greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions in 2018—about 4 percent of the global total, according to McKinsey research. As the denim industry works to develop innovative methods for reducing CO2 emissions, one mill is thinking outside the box.


Pakistan-based Azgard-9 just debuted a piece of clothing that produces oxygen in addition to offering sustainable and antibacterial properties. The mill worked with London-based Post Carbon Lab, a design research studio focused on sustainability, to develop a poncho that mimics a plant’s ability to photosynthesize and release O2 into the environment.


Though the poncho is not intended to be sold as is, it can serve as inspiration for brands to take it further and apply the technology to other garments.


“[The prototype can] show fashion houses and retailers that concepts we once associated with sci-fi are available to us right here right now and can help us rethink the future, in a demonstration of possibilities that Azgrd-9’s technology might add to these brands,” the company said in a statement.


Pakistan-based Azgard-9 just debuted a poncho that, in addition to its sustainable and antibacterial properties, produces oxygen.


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The development is part of “Future Before Fashion,” Azgard-9’s recent push for future-focused solutions that have a low impact on the environment. It complements the mill’s sustainable practices such as digital sampling and utilizing organic and recycled cotton.


Azgard-9’s clients include Tommy Hilfiger, G-Star Raw and Gap, all known for their dedication to sustainability. By 2030, Tommy Hilfiger aims to reduce the carbon footprint of its value chain again ahead of science-based target requirements, recycle or re-use all of its waste and use water sustainably—by ensuring that water leaving wet processors will have zero hazardous chemicals and will be filtered for micro