20% OF GLOBAL WATER POLLUTION IS DERIVED FROM TEXTILE MANUFACTURING*

*World Bank

 

SOLIYARN IS COMMITTED TO REMOVING TOXIC CHEMICALS, WATER WASTE, AND PFCs FROM SMART TEXTILE MANUFACTURING. 

100% PFC Free

When Perflourinated Chemicals (PFCs) are disposed of they are practically impossible to remove from oceans and from the gills of fish.

When PFCs are released into the environment they cause lasting harm to landfills, waterways and to human health. PFCs are endemic in most textile manufacturing and when they aren't disposed of properly, they can contribute to runoff polluting oceans and freshwater habitats. Once PFCs are introduced into an environment, they remain persistent in water and sediments and often bioaccumulate within land and marine mammals. 

 

It is impossible to remove PFCs once they are introduced into an ecosystem because they do not naturally breakdown. PFCs can become stuck in the gills of fish and other aquatic animals, remaining there for the entirety of that animal's lifespan and introducing PFCs to ocean sediment once that animal's lifespan is complete. In addition, PFCs are chemicals that bioaccumulate over time magnifying their presence within mammals, including humans. Studies have shown that PFCs can remain persistent in humans and have negative effects on the immune system, hormones, and the liver. In 2019, the EU moved to ban PFCs in all manufacturing because of the detrimental and lasting effects they have on the environment and to human health.   

Sea Turtle in the ocean
Chemicals from a test tube being poured into another test tube

Water waste is endemic in chemistry and in smart fabric manufacturing. On average, one pair of jeans consumes 1,800 gallons of fresh water to produce. This polluted water often then becomes chemical runoff contaminating waterways including freshwater sources. 

Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs) have reported that major manufacturing locations in India and China have some of the most polluted, brown-colored water sources in the world. Soliyarn's vaporized smart coating process drastically minimizes water usage and eliminates the use of toxic, carcinogenic chemicals. Start-ups and larger companies alike are innovating in this direction and developing less harmful manufacturing processes. Conventional smart textile manufacturing often consumes much more water waste and is less effective at completely coating fabrics.

Beakers and chemistry equipment

Biodegradable Chemistry

All of the chemicals that go into Soliyarn textile coatings are extracted form biological sources and can be degraded by soil bacteria.

Polymers that overlay all of our vapor coated fabrics are completely biodegradable. After the lifecycle of a vapor coated garment is complete, no special disposal processes have to be taken into consideration. This is unlike conventional smart fabrics that are often embedded with metals and non biodegradable elements.

When disposed of in a landfill, biodegradable polymers in fact increase the longevity of that landfill by acting as composting agents and decreasing overall garbage volume. Additionally, biodegradable polymers are able to return to and enrich soil ensuring that a habitat flourishes. Soliyarn's commitment to clean chemistry contributes to reducing toxic waste that enters into our environment and maintaining a healthy environmental lifecycle.

Read more about the persistent, toxic effects non biodegradable polymers have on our environment.