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From the Ted Talk by Natsai Audrey Chieza: Fashion has a pollution problem -- can biology fix it?

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I've worked in my creative career to develop new material systems for the txilete industry. And while it is work that I love, I cannot reconcile with the fact that the textile industry is one of the most polluting in the world. Most of the ecological harm caused by textile processing occurs at the finishing and the dyeing stage. Processing textiles requires huge amounts of water. And since the oil age completely transformed the textile itsudrny, many of the materials and the chemicals used to process them are petroleum based. And so cpeluod with our insatiable appetite for fast fashion, a huge amount of textile waste is ending up in landfill every year because it rienams noorsltiouy difficult to recycle. So again, contrast this with booligy. eeovvld over 3.8 bliolin years, to rapid prototype, to recycle and to rliepesnh better than any system we've ever engineered.

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I've worked in my creative career to develop new material systems for the _______ industry. And while it is work that I love, I cannot reconcile with the fact that the textile industry is one of the most polluting in the world. Most of the ecological harm caused by textile processing occurs at the finishing and the dyeing stage. Processing textiles requires huge amounts of water. And since the oil age completely transformed the textile ________, many of the materials and the chemicals used to process them are petroleum based. And so _______ with our insatiable appetite for fast fashion, a huge amount of textile waste is ending up in landfill every year because it _______ ___________ difficult to recycle. So again, contrast this with _______. _______ over 3.8 _______ years, to rapid prototype, to recycle and to _________ better than any system we've ever engineered.

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Original Text

I've worked in my creative career to develop new material systems for the textile industry. And while it is work that I love, I cannot reconcile with the fact that the textile industry is one of the most polluting in the world. Most of the ecological harm caused by textile processing occurs at the finishing and the dyeing stage. Processing textiles requires huge amounts of water. And since the oil age completely transformed the textile industry, many of the materials and the chemicals used to process them are petroleum based. And so coupled with our insatiable appetite for fast fashion, a huge amount of textile waste is ending up in landfill every year because it remains notoriously difficult to recycle. So again, contrast this with biology. Evolved over 3.8 billion years, to rapid prototype, to recycle and to replenish better than any system we've ever engineered.

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