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This Melinda Gates-backed biotech startup is growing bacteria that make sustainable dye for denim

15 Jul 2020

The process clothing companies use now requires petroleum and can cause serious pollution. So Huue is growing bacteria that excrete the exact right color, with no by-products.

Of the 4 billion-plus pairs of jeans that are made each year, most are dyed with petroleum-based dyes that use chemicals such as benzene and formaldehyde. At some factories, the toxic wastewater from the process is dumped into local rivers. But at a Bay Area lab, a startup called Huue is experimenting with a less toxic way to turn denim blue: using bio-based dyes brewed in bioreactors.

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