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37.5 Technology Incorporates Enhanced Biodegradation (+EB) into all Products

March 8, 2022

Environmental additive accelerates biodegradation of synthetic fibers after disposal

Boulder, CO (March 8, 2022) /ENDURANCE SPORTSWIRE/ – Cocona Labs, the makers of temperature-regulating 37.5 Technology, announced this week that after nearly four years of testing, all 37.5 fibers and yarns going forward will incorporate an Enhanced Biodegradation (+EB) technology to accelerate the natural biodegradation of synthetic textiles in landfills[1]. Unlike standard synthetic materials that can take centuries to biodegrade, the +EB additive enables 37.5 synthetic fibers and yarns to biodegrade in just a fraction of that time without impacting durability or performance.

Textiles have long been known to be a major component of landfill waste. Synthetic fibers represent more than half of all global fiber production and show virtually no natural degradation in lab tests[2]. It’s estimated 17 million tons of textile waste are contributed to landfills every year[3], much of which will remain unchanged during the remainder of our lifetime (and far beyond). Cocona Labs’ decision to add the +EB additive to all the company’s 37.5 products — at no additional charge — was made to address this issue.

Unlike typical synthetic fibers that can take hundreds (if not thousands) of years to biodegrade, 37.5 Technology’s +EB additive rapidly accelerates synthetic fibers’ natural degradation after being deposited in a landfill. Based on laboratory tests, 37.5 +EB fibers are projected to biodegrade 50-80% in just 80-100 years so that synthetic textile waste may be more quickly reclaimed.

“Incorporating +EB technology into all 37.5 products is an important step to bringing more sustainable practices to the textile industry,” Jeff Bowman, CEO of Cocona Labs said. “Given the growing mass of synthetic materials sitting in landfills and the problems associated with it, we are excited to make this technology available at no additional charge. We believe deeply that manufacturers and suppliers need to be doing better, so we are.”

Cocona Labs recognizes that these issues are not easy ones to tackle but remains committed to its vision that discarded textiles can be transformed from a problem to a solution. +EB technology will be incorporated into all 37.5 yarns, fabrics, and fills by July 2022.

More information on 37.5 Technology’s sustainability mission is available at https://www.thirtysevenfive.com/sustainability/.

About 37.5® Technology

Materials that incorporate 37.5® Technology are used in outdoor gear, sports apparel, designer clothing, workwear, police and military uniforms, footwear and sleep systems that are designed to manage and maintain your optimal core temperature and relative humidity level. 37.5 Technology was created by Cocona Labs, a world leader in the development, commercialization and marketing of active particle technologies. The company is headquartered in Boulder, Colorado. Visit thirtysevenfive.com for more information.

[1] 74% biodegradation of 37.5 PET staple fiber in 726 days in third party laboratory testing under ASTM D5511 (accelerated landfill environment), reducing to the 37.5 volcanic mineral, titanium dioxide, carbon dioxide, methane, and biomass. The stated rate and extent of degradation does not mean that the material will continue to degrade.

[2] https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s42452-021-04851-7

[3] https://www.epa.gov/facts-and-figures-about-materials-waste-and-recycling/textiles-material-specific-data