Launched in 2019, Duvaltex's Biodegradable* CLEAN IMPACT TEXTILES™ are transforming how commercial textiles are being specified thanks to a more sustainable model for end-of-life recycling or disposal.
As the first technology of biodegradable* recycled polyester textiles for commercial interiors, CLEAN IMPACT TEXTILES™ differ from conventional polyester textiles. Regular commercial polyester textiles end up primarily in landfills and take hundreds of years to fragment. And even when they do break down, they never really fully disintegrate.
On the flip side, Duvaltex's Biodegradable* CLEAN IMPACT TEXTILES™ mix a biocatalyst additive with the polyester chips when extruding the yarn. This biocatalyst, as the name suggests, accelerates the biodegradation of the textiles by interacting with microbes and moisture content found in landfills, thereby completely decomposing the material. The reason? The biocatalyst actually triggers the microbes' “enzyme factories” to quickly break down the polyester textiles. “It's like adding cheese to broccoli for kids,” explained Joel Sergerie, Senior Product Manager at Duvaltex. In all, Biodegradable* CLEAN IMPACT TEXTILES™ take less than 4 years to completely disappear.*