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Luum created Ecotone and Grid State in response to the growing demand for environmentally conscious products harnessing the innovation and collaboration power of trusted domestic mills. As Luum’s first two biodegradable* products, both break down in approximately 1,278 days in a landfill setting. The textiles are first produced using recycled polyester fibers that are enhanced with a bio-catalyst additive at the molecular level. At the end of the product’s usable life, the textile’s recycled polyester fibers are introduced into the landfill. In the landfill’s anaerobic environment, the bio-catalyst additive attracts microorganisms that begin to break down the polymer chain. After biodegradation is complete, only naturally occurring elements remain.
While both Ecotone and Grid State utilize biodegradable chemistry, each textile produces a radically different surface texture, look and and feel.
As Luum’s first textile made of post-consumer recycled, biodegradable polyester, Grid State is all about evolution. Not only is it composed of recycled, biodegradable fiber content, which lessens the impact on the environment, but it also is notably bleach-cleanable and has multipurpose-use properties. Grid State's motif is borrowed directly from the textile development process, transforming graphic dobby weave drafts into colorful jacquard artwork, then woven into the textile's final form. By exploring the grid concept grid, a starting point for designers and makers, we contemplate new beginnings.
Though Ecotone’s classic twill structure references traditional wools with its deep colors and matte appearance, its recycled, biodegradable polyester fiber technology, and brilliant color range make it strikingly contemporary. Joining Grid State, Ecotone is the second recycled, biodegradable polyester textile in the Luum line, providing more design solutions with its bleach-cleanable and multipurpose-use properties. Ecotone’s delustered, solution dyed fibers give its surface a wool-like quality while its color range—dually influenced by nature’s palette and the synthetic brights seen in active wear—demonstrates a range of options for use on screens, panels, wrapped walls and upholstery alike.
*Rate and extent of biodegradation into elements found in nature is 91% after 1,278 days under ASTM D5511 (Anaerobic Biodegradation of Plastic Materials Under High Solids Anaerobic Digestion Conditions.) The test was done with the same component (PET) polyester and biocatalyst additive. No evidence of further degradation.
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