11 Nov '16, 9pm

Landfilling should be the last resort with any product at the end of its useful life via @Magnifeco

Landfilling should be the last resort with any product at the end of its useful life via @Magnifeco

Biodegradability comes up a lot when we talk about sustainable fashion. The prevailing belief seems to be that if a fabric is made with natural fibers , it is ‘biodegradable’ and, if it’s biodegradable , then it must be sustainable. But there are a few problems with that logic: First, modern landfills are not conducive to biodegradability. Composting expert and board member of the California Organics Recycling Council (CORC), Matthew Cotton, explains it this way: “Some things break down in the landfill, but it’s extremely variable, depending on conditions.” The process of biodegradation requires air, water and bacteria. All three are scarce in today’s landfills because they are designed specifically to keep them out. One of the by-products of trash that has broken down is a kind of garbage juice, known in the waste management industry as ‘leachate .’ Because this juice is ...

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