UK-based apparel brand Vollebak launched a Plant & Algae t-shirt, which will decompose once the wearer is finished with it. The shirt’s material is made from a combination of sustainably-certified wood pulp, while the 3D-printed ink is made from algae. The algae oxidizes as the shirt is worn, meaning the print on the front of the t-shirt naturally decolors over time. Customers can compost or bury the garment outside when they no longer want to wear it; if buried, the t-shirt will decompose in 12 weeks.
Why it’s hot: Textile waste makes up 7.6% of all landfill waste in the U.S., or over 10 million tons. Fashion shouldn’t be enjoyed at the expense of the environment.