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Fabrics & their ability To Biodegrade


Biodegradability is…

A material’s ‘capability to decompose by bacteria or other living organisms and thereby avoiding pollution’.



A biodegradable product can be broken down biologically

It could be turned into natural raw materials such as carbon dioxide, water and naturally occurring minerals. These are then reintegrated into the nutrient cycle.



Conditions needed for products to biodegrade

Oxygen, Warm Temperatures, and Humidity. These conditions vary based on the composition of the fiber.



Why is Biodegradability an advantage?

It is a natural process. Natural products that come from the earth can organically go back to the earth without interfering with the course of nature.



How long does it take to biodegrade?

It is a natural process. Natural products that come from the earth can organically go back to the earth without interfering with the course of nature.



How Chemicals used in fabrics impact biodegradability?

Fabrics made organically, without the use of chemicals biodegrades faster and without causing any environmental harm. Chemicals in the textile production process, increase the time taken for fabrics to biodegrade. While biodegrading they exude harmful greenhouse gasses into the environment which contribute towards global warming.



How long do Synthetic fabrics take to biodegrade?

Synthetic fibers such as polyester are made from nonrenewable petroleum resources. But to their advantage, unlike natural fibers, these fibers are extremely strong and can be recycled to their full quality.

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