These Aprons Absorb CO2: Wearable tech Could Transform the Restaurant Industry

A restaurant in Stockholm, Sweden, is asking staff to wear aprons that capture greenhouse gas from the air.

The aprons were produced in a pilot scheme developed by H&M-backed researchers, as the fashion industry struggles to lower its climate impact.

The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA) developed the chemical process. It comes in the form of an amine-containing solution which is used to treat cotton – fiber, yarn or fabric – making the material pull carbon dioxide towards it and capture it. This then stabilizes it and stores it on the surface of the textile