Tengri named in the Sustainia100 2016 guide
Tengri, the British fashion brand and noble yarn technology specialist, has been named one of the leading 100 sustainable global initiatives in the Sustainia100 list.
The annual Sustainia100 selects the top 100 worldwide innovative sustainability solutions, and Tengri was selected by a panel of independent sustainability experts from various international research organisations.
London-based Tengri launched in 2014to bring noble yak fibres to the forefront of the fashion and textile industries. The brand pioneers a ‘fairshare’ business model and supports over 1,500 nomadic herder families in Mongolia, who directly supply Tengri with hand-combed fibres from the indigenous and semi-wild Khangai yak species. The company aims to make a significant impact on the preservation of the natural landscapes of Mongolia, protecting its wildlife and supporting the nomadic herders’ way of life.
Twenty five percent of most woollen fibres are introduced to the industry as yarns and woven into fabrics, with approximately 75 percent ending up as by-product waste. In addition to premium fibres, Tengri imports all waste fibres to the UK and is working on further developments to make use of this fibre in fashion, luxury interiors, soft furnishings and technical outdoor apparel. By working with an indigenous breed and a semi-wild species, the yak’s existence in the landscape has less impact on biodiversity than goats and sheep, which are non-indigenous and domesticated animal species, introduced and bred for their fibres.
Nancy Johnston, Founder and CEO of Tengri, commented: “I’m so deeply honoured that Tengri has been recognised as one of the world’s top 100 sustainable solutions to some of the most difficult challenges and to contribute to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. I launched Tengri having lived with Mongolian herder families, experiencing the challenges that put pressure on their lives and livelihoods. I saw an opportunity where a collective movement of design, fashion, ethics, business, environmental activism and individual consumer choice could come together to do good and make a difference.
"The fashion industry is experiencing, first-hand, the detrimental impact that economic and environmental challenges are having on the source of much of its premium raw materials. The current landscape is unsustainable and I am proud to be spearheading systemic change.”
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Ultium Cells LLC/Li-Cycle: Sustainable Battery Manufacturing
Ultium Cells LLC - a joint venture between General Motors and LG Energy Solutions - has announced its latest collaboration with Li-Cycle. Joining forces the two have set ambitions to expand recycling in North America, recycling up to 100% of the scrap materials in battery cell manufacturing
What is Ultium Cells LLC?
Announcing their partnership in December 2019, General Motors (GM) and LG Energy Solutions established Ultium Cells LLC with a mission to “ensure excellence of Battery Cell Manufacturing through implementation of best practices from each company to contribute [to the] expansion of a Zero Emission propulsion on a global scale.”
Who is Li-Cycle?
Founded in 2016, Li-Cycle leverages innovative solutions to address emerging and urgent challenges around the world.
As the use of Lithium-ion rechargeable batteries in automotive, industrial energy storage, and consumer electronic applications rises, Li-Cycle believes that “the world needs improved technology and supply chain innovations to better recycle these batteries, while also meeting the rapidly growing demand for critical and scarce battery-grade materials.”
Why are Ultium Cells LLC and Li-Cycle join forces?
By joining forces to expand the recycling of scrap materials in battery cell manufacturing in North America, the new recycling process will allow Ultium Cells LLC to recycle cobalt, nickel, lithium, graphite, copper, manganese and aluminum.
“95% of these materials can be used in the production of new batteries or for adjacent industries,” says GM, who explains that the new hydrometallurgical process emits 30% less greenhouse gases (GHGs) than traditional processes, minimising the environmental impact. Use of this process will begin later in the year (2021).
"Our combined efforts with Ultium Cells will be instrumental in redirecting battery manufacturing scrap from landfills and returning a substantial amount of valuable battery-grade materials back into the battery supply chain. This partnership is a critical step forward in advancing our proven lithium-ion resource recovery technology as a more sustainable alternative to mining, " said Ajay Kochhar, President, CEO and co-founder of Li-Cycle.
"GM's zero-waste initiative aims to divert more than 90% of its manufacturing waste from landfills and incineration globally by 2025. Now, we're going to work closely with Ultium Cells and Li-Cycle to help the industry get even better use out of the materials,” added Ken Morris, Vice President of Electric and Autonomous Vehicles, GM.
Since 2013, GM has recycled or reused 100% of the battery packs it has received from customers, with most current GM EVs repaired with refurbished packs.
"We strive to make more with less waste and energy expended. This is a crucial step in improving the sustainability of our components and manufacturing processes,” concluded Thomas Gallagher, Chief Operating Officer, Ultium Cells LLC.