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Recycling

Tyton Biosciences raises funds for textile recycling

by Melody M. Bomgardner
January 16, 2020 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 98, ISSUE 3

The Danville, Virginia–based start-up Tyton BioSciences has raised $8 million in a first round of funding led by Tin Shed Ventures, the investment arm of the clothing brand Patagonia. Tyton has a technology to recycle textiles. It uses subcritical water—water heated under pressure to temperatures above its boiling point—to extract a cotton-containing pulp and break chemical bonds in polyester. Fibers made from the extracted material can be used in place of virgin material, the company claims.

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