The biodegradable properties of clothes fibers.

clothing fiber biodegrating properties

When it comes to selecting clothes, more thought usually goes into fashion rather than materials. 

This is not to say that what clothes are made of is not thought of. Different materials offer different benefits - polypropylene for its inability to retain water, polyester for its sturdiness, wool for its natural warm and breathability or nylon for its economic and recyclable properties. 

Something that is generally overlooked is how these materials affect the environment. Which are recyclable and which are biodegradable?

In the research article linked below, the International Wool Textile Organisation (IWTO) put in the time and resources to provide you with some great findings on how different clothing materials degrade in marine environments. 

The findings show that natural wool fibers biodegrade while synthetic fibers have very minimal degradation. 

What does this mean?

Natural and synthetic fibersare used in a range of products - clothes, crafting materials, loofahs, toothbrushes etc. With general wear and tear these products inevitably break down and can end up in our oceans & lakes. Which in turn have a carry on effect into damaging our marine ecosystem.

That's why our felted wool soaps are encased in natural wool fibers. Not only  do they exfoliate the skin, but are full biodegradable. You'll be able to compost the wool casing once all the soap has been used.

We all know the importance of protecting our environment. Being mindful of which products we use and where they end up can help us look after the planet.

https://www.gschneider.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Media-Release-Wool-in-Water-March2020.pdf

  

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