Cranfield and University of York scientists are making use of crop waste derived biomass to create greener textiles.
“The world’s clothing industry is responsible for 10 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions – more than flights and shipping – and 20 percent of all wastewater,” says Cranfield lecturer Dr Sameer Rahatekar.
“Our work with colleagues at the University of York offers a low environmental impact solution that could transform how we make textiles and reduce the amount of waste that goes into landfill.”
According to the scientists, the new process uses low environmental impact solvents to dissolve cellulose produced by bacteria from crop and household waste, such as food scraps and kitchen roll.
This creates a viscous honey-like solution which can then be spun into fibres to make eco-textiles for sustainable fashion.
“The cellulose and bacteria produced out of this waste is essentially virgin quality material which can be used to make brand new textiles with a minimal environmental footprint,” notes York University professor Simon McQueen Mason.
“This process is the result of work we have done over the last ten years. My hope is that soon we will be able to wear clothes derived from waste instead,” adds York’s Dr Alexandra Lanot.
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