Perfluorinated Chemicals (PFCs)
PFCs are endemic in most textile manufacturing and when they aren't disposed of properly, they can contribute to runoff polluting oceans and freshwater habitats. Once PFCs are introduced into an environment, they remain persistent in water and sediments and often bioaccumulate within land and marine mammals.
Studies have shown that PFCs can remain persistent in humans and have negative effects on the immune system, hormones, and the liver. In 2019, the EU moved to ban PFCs in all manufacturing because of the detrimental and lasting effects they have on the environment and to human health.
Eliminating Industrial Water Waste
It is estimated that 20% of all industrial water waste comes from textile manufacturing.
Water waste is endemic in chemistry and in smart fabric manufacturing. On average, one pair of jeans consumes 1,800 gallons of fresh water to produce. This polluted water often then becomes chemical runoff contaminating waterways including freshwater sources.
Soliyarn's vaporized coating process drastically minimizes water usage and eliminates the use of toxic, carcinogenic chemicals, while being more effective at completely coating fabrics than traditional methods.
All of the chemicals that go into Soliyarn textile coatings are extracted form biological sources and can be degraded by soil bacteria. After the lifecycle of a vapor coated garment is complete, no special disposal processes have to be taken into consideration.
When disposed of in a landfill, biodegradable polymers in fact increase the longevity of that landfill by acting as composting agents and decreasing overall garbage volume.
This is unlike conventional smart fabrics that are often embedded with metals and non biodegradable elements.