Since 2010, we have worked to improve textile processing in specialty fabrics and garments. With our partners, we are working to improve garment production and care while reducing water consumption and waste streams. We strive to set the new standard for textile production. 

Our Mission

We seek to redefine textile processing by replacing water with recycled carbon dioxide. To do so, we provide a superior processing platform that enhances textile performance while decreasing the resources needed to produce and maintain them. With our partners, we will design solutions that produce the most ecologically responsible textiles and garments in the world. 

TERSUS Solutions integrates our proprietary machine, CO2-based chemistry, and process into a turn-key package for brand apparel companies, high-tech sectors, and other textile companies. TERSUS enables companies to produce high performance textiles while reducing environmental by-products that are found across the textile supply chain.

Better performance, lower impact - this is the new standard for textiles.

Carbon dioxide

A superior solvent for processing fibers and textiles

Carbon dioxide is abundant, inexpensive and has chemical properties that reduce fiber degradation. The TERSUS platform uses carbon dioxide in the liquid state because:

  • Low viscosity and surface tension results in small pore penetration
  • Low density results in solvent properties similar to liquids

Over the course of repeated washes with carbon dioxide, benefits include down loft enhancement, water repellency, and consistency in color, size, and fit. 

The CO2Nexus team crafts garment- and environmentally-friend chemistries for a variety of textile processes leveraging the properties of carbon dioxide. 

The Problem

Textile manufacturing and maintenance is a incredibly water-intensive series of processes with pervasive inefficiencies. These processes require access to fresh (sometimes ultra pure) water and demand infrastructure for wastewater treatment and disposal. In many places around the world, textile processing competes with local communities for access to water. 

We believe that textile production and maintenance does not have to be at odds with communities. The TERSUS waterless solution makes this a reality. 

Quite simply, processing textiles and apparel requires huge amounts of energy and water – and both are in crisis.
— Rose Marcario CEO Patagonia
...making one cotton T-shirt requires around 2,700 liters [water], the same amount of water the average person drinks during the course of three years.
— Cotton Connect Water Report (2014)

Read more about the footprint of textiles in Patagonia's Footprint Chronicles

Read more about the water footprint of cotton in the full report