Fashion's dirty microplastics secret - cleantech perspectives @ Clixoo
Fashion's dirty microplastics secret
Sustainable Practices in Textile & Apparel Industry
Clothing made from synthetic materials sheds microfibres, a type of microplastic that contaminates waterways and even air. Alternatives are emerging.
- The $167 billion athleisure category and polyester-fuelled fast fashion are a key contributors to microplastics.
- Stella McCartney has developed a new denim from biodegradable elastane; elastene has been one of the hardest materials for apparel to make from recycled plastic.
- California-based Mango Materials has developed a technology to turn polyhydroxyalkanoate, a naturally occurring compound, into a polyester replacement.
- Natural Fiber Welding, based in Illinois, makes a plant-based leather substitute called Mirum that it says eliminates the need for polyurethane.