Over the last two decades, vegan leather has grown in popularity. The catch? It’s usually made with polyesters that can’t be recycled. In today’s episode, we speak to the cofounder of biomaterials company Polybion about their carbon neutral leather alternative Celium, which is produced by feeding agricultural waste to bacteria.
The textile industry produces up to 10% of global emissions and 20% of global wastewater, according to EU estimates. Mechanical recycling can reduce that impact by keeping textiles out of landfills — and in the circular economy — for longer. In this episode, Climate Break spoke to Bobby Carswell about Material Return about how locally based mechanical recycling can help make the US textile industry more circular and less polluting.