Schoeller officially unveiled its new PROEARTH collection of biodegradable textiles. The new collection, comprised of bluesign approved fabrics with biodegradable polyester, will debut as part of its Schoeller FTC (SFTC) line, a joint venture between Schoeller Textil AG and the Taiwanese Formosa Taffeta Co. Ltd.
Schoeller says PROEARTH was created to help offset the more than 16 million tons of textile waste produced in the US alone each year.
The SFTC PROEARTH collection will launch with five, bluesign-approved fabrics designed for lifestyle, fashion and outdoor categories. Made with virgin polyester that has been optimized for biodegradation, the initial PROEARTH articles available this fall include jacket, pant and lining material qualities with various colour options.
“Our SFTC PROEARTH collection was a natural progression in Schoeller’s visionary advances around sustainability, while we are also striving to make a difference in an industry that continues to be so demanding on our environment,” said Christine Hübner, Schoeller CRO. “
Each of the PROEARTH fabrics can be enhanced with Schoeller’s eco-friendly production and finishing technology options. Its ecodye technology saves up to 30 percent of the water, energy and process time used for dying polyester, while its ecorepel Bio and 3XDRY Bio technologies are PFC-free and based on renewable primary products, providing reliable water and aqueous dirt repellence.