Rethinking water

From California to the European Union, our team is working with our global partners to advance the transition away from water in textile processing. While water efficiency continues to provide important relief to communities and corporations facing water risk, the TERSUS team believes that fully eliminating water use, where possible, is the future of the textile industry. We are building that future now. 

While it may be challenging to comprehend replacing water, the future we envision delivers even more benefits than simply water conservation. For example, using liquid carbon dioxide to replace water in textile processing also results in energy savings, faster processing times, improved labor efficiency, and better chemicals management. 

To truly tackle water risks and build more resilient businesses and communities, we must rethink our relationship with water

 

Working with nature, not against it

Innovating around risk to provide real solutions

The first step in rethinking our relationship to water involves measuring and valuing natural capital. Natural capital is the foundation of healthy businesses and communities; the natural stock of ecosystem resources including: clean, water, biodiversity, and soil health. Natural capital produces both direct and indirect benefits, and is an integral component of long term business growth. 

To date, companies have largely failed to acknowledge both their dependence on and impact upon natural capital. This leaves companies and communities exposed to risk of disruptions to long-term growth and resilience. 

No sector or organization is immune to natural capital challenges, and many sectors bury their risks throughout the supply chain. However, the textile sector is uniquely positioned to broadly impact natural capital - the industry touches everything from agriculture to consumer behavior. The textile sector also uses water from the soil to the grain - used to harvest raw fibers, implant technical functionality on garments, and clean apparel. This gives brands and other textile companies a unique opportunity to lead on natural capital and manufacturing stewardship. 

This is why we developed the TERSUS Solution: to enable manufacturing stewardship in the textile sector. We do this by providing a solution that eliminates water, reduces energy and chemicals use, and enables organizations to make smarter decisions about processing ad logistics. This results in lower costs, improved risk management, and community leadership. 


Our vision: to catalyze textile innovations that address the limits of the natural world.

The complexity of natural capital constraints demand thoughtful solutions. For this reason, the TERSUS Solution is the summation of hardware, chemistry, and process innovation to replace water with liquid carbon dioxide. Our team optimizes each of these components to address the needs of diverse natural fiber and garment applications. 

Through careful study and design, TERSUS introduces not only hardware innovation but unprecedented process and chemistry innovation in order to replace water. Each component of the TERSUS platform enables companies to deliver substantial improvements to their supply chain and enhance their natural capital stewardship. The results: lower resource consumption, better waste/chemicals management, and improved labor efficiency. 

The three components of the TERSUS platform provide the following benefits: 

Over the next several weeks, we will dive deeper into the workings of each component to help you fully understand the TERSUS Solution. 

 

TERSUS Machinery 

TERSUS uses state-of-the-art hardware to provide an energy-efficient and safe machine for pressurizing carbon dioxide, injecting solutions, and efficiently processing textiles. The closed-loop machinery means that even toxic solutions can be more safely used in textile processing. While we work to provide more environmentally friendly chemical solutions, some processes can now be more safely managed using TERSUS. Take a tour of the machinery: 

Next week we will discuss chemicals management using the closed-loop hardware and provide an overview of our work to develop safer chemistry alternatives for textiles.