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Dawn Ellams Uses Tencel to Create a Pair of Eco-Friendly Jeans

By: Meghan Young - Published: Feb 22, 2013 • References: lenzing and psfk
Dawn Ellams, a PhD student at the Heriot-Watt School University in Scotland, has created a pair of jeans using wood pulp instead of cotton. After having stumbled upon Tencel, a fiber that comes from wood pulp, she became determined to use it to fashion denim pants that are much more eco-friendly than traditional ones.

A traditional pair of cotton denim jeans "uses 42 liters of water, up to 15 dyeing vats and a slew of harmful chemical," as reported by Psfk, but thanks to Dawn Ellams, that could all change. Not only does her Tencel-based jeans significantly reduce the carbon footprint and water waste that normally occurs, the texture is also soft, silky and wrinkle-free.

Dawn Ellams isn't the first person to use Tencel. Underwear and more extensive clothing lines have been known to be made out of them.