Eco-business / Social Venture

March 22, 2013


Biodegradable Jacket Helps Fund Mottainai Campaign

Keywords: Eco-business / Social Venture Manufacturing industry 

JFS/Biodegradable Jacket Helps Fund Mottainai Campaign
Copyright Onward Kashiyama Co.

Onward Kashiyama Co., a Japanese apparel maker and retailer, commercialized its newly developed "Bio Tech Jacket" biodegradable blazer and sold it during 2012-2013 autumn and winter as a standard item in its J. Press line of men's clothing at major department stores across Japan.

The blazer was made entirely--fabric, thread, and buttons--of biodegradable materials while also highly fashionable and no different in appearance and durability from other blazers. When buried in the soil, all materials break down into water and carbon dioxide through the action of bacterial enzymes and return to soil in about a year.

The blazer used Oeko-Tex(R) Standard 100-certified materials, which means it leaves no harmful substances in the soil. Standard 100 certification is granted by an institute or an authorized certification agency belonging to the International Association for Research and Testing in the field of Textile Ecology (Oeko-Tex(R)). It certifies that the product contains no heavy metals, carcinogens, allergens, or other substances that are hazardous to human health.

Onward Kashiyama donated part of revenues it earned from Bio tech Jacket to a tree-planting project called the Green Belt Movement through the "Mottainai" Campaign, which was launched by Dr. Wangari Maathai, a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate from Kenya.