Select Page

The thumbnail version:

  • Carrington Textiles of the UK wins an award for its biodegradable polyester fibres
  • The impact of biodegradable polyester on textile screen printing is still unknown

The full version:

Polyester, that substrate that can give both printers and environmentalists headaches. Printers, because it can “bleed” dye into a print and change its colour and environmentalists because microscopic polyester fibers are released in the wash and can ultimately end up in rivers and oceans. And the garments can end up in landfills, basically forever.

Well, Carrington Textiles, has won an award for being the first on the workwear market to include polyester fibres that biodegrade. This may provide some relief for the environmentalists’ but whether it does anything for printers is still unknown.

Using CiCLO textile technology (CiCLO™ textile technology allows polyester and other synthetic materials to biodegrade like natural materials do in wastewater treatment plant sludge, sea water and landfill conditions) Carrington manufactures two fabrics, Hawksbill and Orca. Hawksbill is composed of 65 percent CiCLO polyester and 35% organic cotton. Orca is composed of 25% recycled CiCLO polyester, 29% virgin CiCLO polyester, and 35% Better Cotton (sustainable cotton).

So essentially these fabrics are not 100 percent polyester but are closer to 50/50 garments. There has been no mention yet of whether biodegradable polyester will have any impact on the usual “bleeding” problem.