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Biodegradable and carbon neutral textiles, engineered from food waste.

ALT TEX reduces the fashion industry’s dependence on fossil fuels through its biodegradable and carbon-neutral textiles engineered from food waste. The patent-pending fermentation technology plugs into the existing polyester supply chain to provide fashion brands with a cradle-to-cradle polyester alternative without sacrificing performance. The product solves key problems for fashion brands, consumers, and the environment: (1) Fashion brands: ALT TEX sells fabric to fashion brands, allowing them to differentiate via sustainable options (sustainable fashion growing 11% CAGR) and hit sustainability targets, without sacrificing performance or changing their current supply chain. (2) Consumer: The ALT TEX fabric is projected to be half the price vs. other specialized sustainable alternatives (due to low-cost input and scalability), meaning greater accessibility. (3) Environment: A single shirt produced with ALT TEX fabric can divert 1 kg of food waste from landfills, 9 kg of carbon emissions from the air, and 4 g of micro-plastics from our waterways.

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ALT TEX: Fabric made from food waste 🍎👕

Biodegradable, carbon neutral, cost competitive and high performance fabrics, engineered from the world’s largest landfill contributor - food waste.
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ALT TEX
Founded:2020
Team Size:10
Location:Toronto, Canada

Active Founders

Myra Arshad

Hey, I'm Myra! Co-founder and CEO of ALT TEX. Coming from a family background in textile manufacturing, I'm disrupting the $2.5 trillion fashion industry with better and more sustainable materials. Prior to ALT TEX, I held corporate roles in sales and marketing at Fortune 500 companies, before founding fluidic – a direct to consumer lifestyle brand. Prior to fluidic, I built FarmBox, a Hult Prize backed, AI micro-farming technology that enabled food sustainability in refugee camps.

Myra Arshad
Myra Arshad
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Avneet Ghotra

I am tech co-founder of ALT TEX, alongside my business co-founder Myra Arshad. My educational background is in Biochemistry and Environmental Science, with years of research experience under my belt. Prior to founding ALT TEX, I founded a non-profit targeting plastic pollution through creative solutions. This journey led to envision to a more ambitious goal of tackling the fashion industry's plastic problem through innovation and rigorous research and development.

Avneet Ghotra
Avneet Ghotra
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