World Soil Day: how Stanley/Stella takes biodegradability seriously
Today, there is growing concern about the effect of the textile industry on the environment. Not only can the production of fibres and clothes present a threat to ecosystems, but the washing of clothes has proven to lead to the release of millions tons of microplastics every year. Increasingly, textile researchers, producers and manufacturers are looking for biodegradable and compostable sustainable fibres as an effective way of reducing the harmful environmental impact of textiles.
“Currently, 72% of all clothes that are thrown away are made of synthetic materials which can take up to 200 years to biodegrade.
At Stanley/Stella, we are constantly looking at how we can make our environmental footprint as light as possible. On World Soil Day, we think it’s important to consider how we can best protect soil biodiversity and raise awareness of the importance of soil quality for human well-being and ecosystems.
The Mini Creator in Natural Raw. Biodegradable?
Imagine the environmental difference we could make if all clothes were made from organic cotton, like our t-shirts, or from other biodegradable or compostable fibres like Lenzing. To illustrate our point, we decided to bury a blank Mini Creator t-shirt in the garden of a Stanley/Stella employee at the beginning of October this year. Fifty days later we went back to see what had happened to it. Virtually nothing remained, except for the inside label which is made in Recycled Polyester. The rest had disintegrated back into the earth. It is this circular model that we will keep on improving and researching in the years ahead.
Our Commitments for 2025
At Stanley/Stella we pledge to take a number of measures to limit our environmental impact:
- We will continue to increase the use of recycled cotton
- We will continue to research and use biodegradable & compostable fibres such as Lenzing
- We will continue to reduce the use of chemicals for both production and dyeing processes and to favour natural dyes
- We will support our customers to use non-toxic solutions, such as water-based inks
- We will continue to research bioengineered materials and dyes made from living bacteria, algae, yeast or fungi.
- We will continue to refine our packaging.
The health of the Earth’s soil affects us all. By researching new textiles and ways of working, we aim to champion soil health and keep it free of toxins and harmful substances. Why not join us?Get in touch to find out more!
Bruno Van Sieleghem