It is radically simple: where no toxic ingredients are used, none are emitted. Manuel Schweizer, CEO of OceanSafe, has gone back to the drawing board with his company and offers textiles that are 100% biodegradable. After use, they become nutrients for future generations.
Textile expert Manuel Schweizer took two years off to prepare for his new start. He researched biodegradable textiles and came up with a simple result that changed everything: ‘It’s not a matter of adhering to thresholds, but of avoiding harmful substances altogether’, says Schweizer. In 2013, he started to focus on textiles that are part of the biological cycle. The fact that more and more polyester and, in the case of natural fibres, additives are being used, which then enter the water cycle during washing and remain there for hundreds of years, was something he, as a textile manufacturer, no longer wanted to share the responsibility for. Today he produces textiles from natural fibres or plastic that would rot within a few weeks – or he returns them to a cycle and extracts biogas or produces compost from them. OceanSafeTM aims to become the quality benchmark in the sustainable textile industry. It fulfils at least the requirements of the Cradle to Cradle CertifiedTM Gold certificate – and in regard to the material health aspect, it even meets the requirements for the Cradle to Cradle CertifiedTM Platinum certificate. In some areas, the strict parameters of the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) are met. The sewing studios for cotton products in Turkey are also audited by FairWear. You can see more fascinating textile products that are also edible in hall 8.0 at stand D74.