CDA is largely derived from wood pulp, making it biobased. Naia™ cellulosic fiber is responsibly sourced from sustainably managed pine and eucalyptus forests, and it is produced in a safe, closed-loop process where solvents are recycled back into the system for reuse.
“These materials are breaking down on timescales of months. This challenges the perception that they persist for decades,” said coauthor Collin Ward, assistant scientist in the Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry Department at WHOI.
The study showed the comparative disintegration of similarly constructed fabrics under identical seawater conditions. Naia™ fabric completely disintegrated at 13 weeks, compared to cotton fabric at 11 weeks and polyester fabric, which showed no visual signs of disintegration throughout the 25-week incubation in a flow-through seawater mesocosm.
“Eastman has a vision and strategy to address climate change, mainstream circularity, and build a more inclusive and equitable world,” said Ruth Farrell, global marketing director for Eastman's textiles business. “We are pleased that the results of the WHOI study confirm that Naia™ cellulosic fibers will not persist in our oceans.”
The Eastman Naia™ team works closely with global sustainability-focused organizations like Textile Exchange, Canopy, The Microfibre Consortium, Accelerating Circularity, Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) and the Ellen Macarthur Foundation.
Naia™ is in the process of obtaining TÜV OK biodegradable marine certification from TÜV AUSTRIA. Naia™ is already certified by TÜV AUSTRIA as biodegradable in freshwater and soil environments as well as compostable in industrial settings. Naia™ staple fiber is also compostable in home settings.
Rapid Degradation of Cellulose Diacetate by Marine Microbes | Environmental Science & Technology Letters (acs.org)
Press release by WHOI:
Study finds that bio-based cellulose acetate plastic widely used in consumer goods disintegrates in the ocean much faster than assumed – Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (whoi.edu)
About Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
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