Clothing waste in the United States is out of hand. In fact, textile waste makes up nearly 8% of all the solid waste we send to landfills. As designers tap into recycled materials for packaging, cotton waste presents a fantastic alternative to EPS (styrofoam) and other cushioned insulations. Recycled cotton insulation performs comparably to styrofoam as an insulating material.
Cotton insulation often requires a plastic shell to protect it agains leaks and condensation. This plastic shell presents challenges at the end of the product’s life cycle, as it has to be removed and recycled separately.