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Fast fashion is a great way to test fashion trends, such as vinyl pants, crop tops or small sunglasses from the 90s. However, unlike the latest fashion, these clothes and accessories can take decades or centuries to disintegrate.
Innovative men’s clothing brand Vollebak has launched a fully compostable and biodegradable hoodie. In fact, you can bury it in the ground or compost with the peel in the kitchen. That’s because it is made of plants and fruit peels. Add heat and bacteria, and look, where the hoodie came from is gone.
[Photo: Vollebak / Sun Lee] For consumers, it is very important to consider the entire life cycle of clothing (from design to end of wear), especially when the global temperature continues to rise. As of 2016, there are more than 2,000 landfills in the United States, and methane and carbon dioxide are produced when each pile of garbage begins to decompose, which has contributed to global warming. According to the EPA, chemicals from landfills can also leak and contaminate groundwater. By 2020, it is time for sustainable fashion design (for example, this dress), which will not increase pollution problems, but will actively respond.
[Photo: Vollebak / Sun Lee] Vollebak hoodies are made from sustainably sourced eucalyptus and beech trees. Then, the wood pulp in the trees is converted into fibers through a closed-loop production process (99% of the water and solvent used to convert wood pulp into fibers are recycled and reused). Then weave the fibers into the fabric that you pull over the top of your head.
The hoodie is light green because it is dyed with pomegranate peel and is usually thrown away. The Vollebak team chose pomegranate as a natural dye for hoodies for two reasons: biomolecules rich in tannins, which are easy to extract natural dyes, and the fruit can withstand a variety of climates (it likes high temperatures but can withstand low temperatures) To 10 degrees). According to Vollebak co-founder Nick Tidball, given that this material is “sturdy enough to survive the earth’s unpredictable future,” even if global warming leads to more extreme weather conditions, it may still be reliable in the company’s supply chain. a part of.
[Photo: Vollebak / Sun Lee] However, the hoodie does not degrade due to normal wear and tear-it needs fungi, bacteria and heat to biodegrade (not counting sweat). If it is buried in compost, it will take about 8 weeks to decompose, and if it is buried underground, it may take 12 weeks to decompose-the hotter the conditions, the faster the decomposition. Another co-founder of Vollebak (and Nick’s twin brother) Steve Tidball said: “Every element is made of organic matter and remains in its original state.” “No ink or chemicals can penetrate the soil. Just plants and Pomegranate dyes, they are organic. So when it disappears within 12 weeks, nothing is left.”
Compostable clothing will continue to be the focus of Vollebak. (The company has previously released this biodegradable plant and algae T-shirt.) The founders are looking forward to inspiration from the past. The irony is that our ancestors were much more advanced. . . . 5,000 years ago, they used grass, tree bark, animal skins and plants to make clothes from nature,” said Steve Tidball. “We want to return to being able to throw clothes into the forest Here, nature will take care of the rest. ”
Lilly Smith (Lilly Smith) is the associate editor of Co.Design. She used to be the editor of “Design Observer” and a contributing writer for AIGA Eye on Design.
Post time: Sep-17-2020