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Research on creating clothing fibres from waste

Aug 19, 2021
Research on creating clothing fibres from waste


A research at Wageningen University & Research shows that there are definite possibilities to create raw materials for clothing fibres from waste streams from rice, maize, bananas, pineapples and sugar cane.

The research was carried out at Wageningen University & Research together with the Institute for Sustainable Communities and the World Resources Institute due to the request of The Laudes Foundation as an alternative to fibres derived from fossil fuels.  At present 60% of all clothing are produced in the same way. This research provides a promising glimpse into the first steps towards sustainable textiles.

In the research report “Spinning Future Threads”, the researchers have therefore included a roadmap for cooperation and innovation in the fashion and food industries.
They looked at whether there are useful residual streams (waste) in agriculture in South and Southeast Asia that can be used to produce natural fibres. They also looked at the technology needed to do this.

According to Paulien Harmsen, Wageningen University & Research
producing fibres from agricultural waste is possible, but  the key is to work together.

Source: India

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