AMNI SOUL ECO® is a polyamide yarn with enhanced biodegradability, developed and produced by SOLVAY and distributed by FULGAR®.
As demonstrated by laboratory biodegradation tests in accordance with ASTM D5511*, AMNI SOUL ECO® biodegrades in around 5 years when disposed of in landfills, compared to more than 50 years for synthetics in general.
Every product at the end of its usable life, when it is disposed of as waste produces an impact on the environment. Products that are not biodegradable; more specifically that they do not decompose after they have been landfilled have an extremely detrimental effect on the environment. On the other hand, products with enhanced biodegradability such as AMNI SOUL ECO® have a limited environmental impact. At the end of the garments life when it reaches landfill it is turned into organic matter (biomass) and biogas which can become new resources.
WHAT ARE THE NECESSARY CONDITIONS FOR BIODEGRADATION?
Generally speaking, the chemical structure of synthetic fibres does not allow for bacterial penetration, which makes the degradation process more complex and slower. AMNI SOUL ECO® on the other hand is produced using enhanced polyamide, which under landfill conditions facilitates access and digestion of waste material by bacteria, thus accelerating the biodegradation process.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I DISPOSE OF THE PRODUCT INCORRECTLY?
In an outdoor environment, AMNI SOUL ECO® is inert and decomposes slowly. Therefore, if a garment produced using AMNI SOUL ECO® is disposed of incorrectly, it is advisable to collect it and send it to be recycled or biodegrade in landfill.
WILL MY GARMENT START DETERIORATING WHILE I AM WEARING IT?
The biodegradation properties of AMNI SOUL ECO become apparent only and exclusively under landfill conditions, where there is no oxygen and bacteria specifically in charge of anaerobic decomposition are found. Therefore, it does not decompose after standard use and this product’s lifecycle is the same as that of traditional polyamide yarns.
IS THIS PRODUCT FREE OF TOXIC SUBSTANCES?
Yes, definitely! AMNI SOUL ECO® is indeed OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 Class 1 certified, to guarantee the absence of substances which could harm the health of adults, children and babies. OEKO-TEX® is the independent control and certification system which certifies the safety of textile products for human use.