Luum's Biodegradable Textile Technology


 In 2021, Luum proudly launched Grid State and Ecotone: the contract industry’s first and second recycled, biodegradable* polyester textiles. These styles advance the conversation around sustainability, lessen impact on the environment and provide more design solutions with their bleach-cleanable and multipurpose-use properties. 

Recycled polyester fibers are enhanced with a bio-catalyst additive at the molecular level, accelerating the polyester’s ability to biodegrade in anaerobic environments. When the product reaches landfill, the additive attracts microorganisms and allows them to begin breaking down the polymer chains. After approximately 3.5 years, biodegradation is complete and only naturally occurring elements remain. See how in the steps below.

*Rate and extent of biodegradation into elements found in nature is 91% after 1,278 days under ASTM D5511 (Anaerobic Biodegradation of Plastic Materials Under Hight Solids Anaerobic Digestion Conditions.) The test was done with the same component (PET) polyester and biocatalyst additive.  No evidence of further degradation.