Functional Fabric Fair USA - OCT 22-23, 2019 -  OREGON CONVENTION CENTER | PORTLAND OR, USA
OCT. 27-28

Materials Stories

Biodegradable Materials

Aligned with this season’s Focus Topic: Nothing to Waste - Closing the Loop

We are all aware that the textile industry, as the second largest polluter in the world, must take responsibility for making the best possible contribution to a sustainable circular economy in the value chain.

Why nothing to waste?

Despite the well-aired public mantra of ‘reduce, re-use, recycle’, it’s estimated that the fashion industry creates around 13 kilograms of fashion waste for every person on the planet every year. That waste is equivalent to a landmass larger than the size of France. To combat this, the industry must adopt a ‘circular economy’ approach: rethinking and redesigning the way products are made, used and disposed of.

What are ‘closed loop’ systems?

A closed loop system is one in which products are designed, manufactured, used and handled so as to circulate within society for as long as possible, with maximum usability, minimum adverse environmental impacts, minimum waste generation, and with the most efficient use of water, energy, and other resources throughout their lifecycles. This includes recycling of waste back into production systems, as well as making products reusable or repairable.

What does circular mean?

The circular economy works best with mono-component materials per one garment (100% made from one material), which can be recycled completely. Products that are not compostable need to return their raw materials.

No waste because biodegradable – Back to nature 

Recycling is one approach to minimizing waste, but there are also options that protect soil, air, water from the tons of waste and even some of the toxic components. Materials that decompose or biodegrade in soil or in a landfill are already available. Some fibers can even biodegrade in marine water which is good news as the laundering process suspends tiny fiber particles that flow into the rivers and oceans.

In this first newsletter story we want to not only inspire you, but also inform you about the newest fabric and material developments concerning biodegradability from Functional Fabric Fair powered by Performance Days exhibitors. Check out biodegradable recycled Polyester or biodegradable Spandex, as well as Wool, Tencel or Cupro:

AMATERRACE
CM6572NF

Superlight Highdensity Woven Miniripstop
100% Polyester, recycle. “PrimaLoft BIO”
52g

The fabric is constructed with Primaloft BIO Yarn. It was tested and approved by Primaloft BIO degradation. C0 DWR.

Biodegradable



HSU PAI ENTERPRISE
SFY440L

2Layer 4-way Stretch
86% Polyester Bio-degradable, 14% Elastan/Spandex Bio-degradable
185g

Environmental and Business sustainability. Degrade about 20% in 200 days in burial environment.

10k/10k transparent lamination
Stretch, Waterproof & Breathable,
Biodegradable

LENZING FIBERS
RWB800-310

Woven lightweight mini ripstop
56% Polyester, recycle, 44% TENCELTM Lyocell
75g

Designed for outer wear application, water repellent but highly breathable. Silky handfeel with perfectly preserved functions, minimizing the hazard to the environment.

Printable, Quick Dry, Bluesign,
Recycled, Biodegradable

 


 

MERRYSON CORPORATION
11381

2Layer mechanical stretch for workwear
100% PES rec. Bio-degradable
136g

Eco-Friendly. High-Visibility-Pass EN20471. Pass AAMI BP 70 Level 4 Protective TPEE membrane.
(10k/10K)
Biodegradable or overall recyclable.

Antiviral, Reflective/ High Visibility
Waterproof & Breathable
Recycled, Biodegradable
Mono Component

AsahiKasei
H3517

Woven Highdensity for Shirt
100% Cupro, Bemberg TM
109g

Biodegradable Cupro by Bemberg TM. Special finish for natural handfeel and soft touch. Casual wear especially for women.

Biodegradable,
Mono Component

 


 

LENZING FIBERS
RU1450-311

Wool/TencelTM Blend Woven
50% Wool recycle, 50% TENCELTM Lyocell
272g

Recycled wool from post-industrial waste, remaining wool’s original features such as moisture control and odor management. The blending with Tencel TM provides a very nice and soft handfeel.

Odor Management
Thermoregulation, UV +50
Bluesign, Recycled
Biodegradable

N-STARS FASHION
NK000996/S5Q

Two side brushed Fleece
100% Ciclo Polyester
172g

CICLO Polyester is a bio-degradable yarn. Fleece with soft handfeel and good mechanical stretch.
No microplastic.

Printable, Quick Dry, Stretch
Bluesign, Biodegradable

N-STARS FASHION
NK000866/Q

Baselayer
100% Ciclo Polyester
125g

CICLO Polyester is a bio-degradable yarn.
Smooth light weight interlock with good wicking and mechanical stretch. Maximum comfort through thermal regulation properties.

Printable, Quick Dry, Stretch
Bluesign, Biodegradable

HSU PAI ENTERPRISE
SFY432

Woven Shirt Check
100% Polyester Bio-degradable
73g

Environmental and Business sustainability. Degrade about 20% in 200 days in burial environment. The soft handfeel is suitable for top shirts.

Quick Dry, Biodegradable

 

LENZING FIBERS
181880100

Insulation

50% Cashmere, recycl., 30% TENCELTM x REFIBRATM Lyocell,
20% Polyactide
80g

Blend of recycled fiber carded thermobonded insulation.

Odor Management, Quick Dry
Thermoregulation, Recycled

Stream Closing the Loop - The exciting challenge to develop circular winter apparel

Join Alexa Dehmel, Design Expert and Principal, Active Sports Design, virtually, for an inspirational presentation on using Biodegradable materials, Circular Polyester and Circular Nylon in the design of more circular winter apparel.

A Special thank you to Alexa Dehmel, Material Stories Curator, for providing the stories, imagery and incredible insight into our industry.

Alexa Dehmel
Active Sports Design & Consulting


Alexa Dehmel has over 30 years of broad and deep expertise in the fashion industry and a high level of professional competence. She maintains an extensive network of leading experts as well as personal connections to relevant cooperation partners and supporters, which she contributes profitably to her customers and the industry. Her work in various roles in the fashion, textile and sportswear industry with a focus on design and collection development, in teaching, as an independent entrepreneur and as a recognized contributor to the industry, makes her a valued contact. After her visionary start-up project, BARTENSTEIN Academy had to close due to the 2020 situation, she is now offering her market experience and service for new projects via her agency again.