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LONDON - An interdisciplinary team of students is working together to make fabrics from salt-tolerant plants grown in seawater in a bid to reduce the amount of freshwater consumed by the textiles industry.

The students – from the Imperial College London and the Royal College of Art – are planning to launch a start-up, SaltyCo, to bring their innovative products to market.

Insulating jacket liners, faux leather and clothing, including t-shirts and trousers, could all potentially be made with the fabrics which are made from a plant that thrives in water pumped from the sea, according to the students.

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