Design for Decomposition
The Biomimicry Institute is leading a two-year, multi-million dollar project to demonstrate scalable new pathways for ~92 million tonnes of fashion waste discarded annually. The Design for Decomposition initiative is an ambitious follow-up to the 2020 Nature of Fashion report, which identified decomposition as the missing link for the sector. Together with Laudes Foundation, Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA), Yale Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering, Metabolic Institute, The OR Foundation, and Celery Design, the Biomimicry Institute will pilot technologies that convert wasted clothes and textiles into biocompatible raw materials. The initiative will host pilots in Western Europe and Ghana, testing the most viable decomposition technologies that are commercially viable but have yet to scale. After proving that advanced decomposition is viable locally, the joint partnership plans to prove that this system change can scale globally.
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