When textiles have been used, there are various options: they can be returned to circulation as a second-hand product, by downcycling, producing an upcycled product or recycling. Otherwise the products need to be disposed of, whether by thermal recycling, sending to landfill or composting. As far as the disposal is concerned, the biodegradation of products provides a great potential.

In addition, a full and complete sustainability profile for a product should not only indicate the environmental compatibility of its components and manufacturing processes but also provide information about what remains of the product in the environment after it has reached the end of its useful life.