Enhanced Biodegradation Technology Could Significantly Reduce Clothing Impact at the Landfill

Sustainable Brands | By GEOFF NUDELMAN

Published October 2022. About A 4 Minute Read.

37.5 Technology is offering brand partners a new additive that greatly improves and expedites the biodegradability of textiles, for free — to encourage broader industry adoption and help eliminate one of our biggest polluters.

Compounding the problem of the sheer scale of discarded clothing that ends up in landfills is that much of it is made from synthetic materials — which can take hundreds, if not thousands, of years to fully decompose. Landfills simply can’t handle that timespan, not to mention the immense amount of greenhouse gas (mainly methane) that decomposition releases — another major contributor to the global climate crisis.