Researchers at Deakin’s Institute for Frontier Materials, Australia have developed an eco-friendly and simpler process of textile waste recycling.
Textile waste recycling processes have struggled to convert polyester blended fabrics into original fibres. This can change, if this new innovation takes off commercially. Dr Nolene Byrne and Rasike De Silva, a PhD student, have developed a unique, non-toxic and simpler way to separate cotton and polyester. They have used an ionic liquid (salt in liquid state) to dissolve the cotton in blended clothing. This liquid can be recycled to create cotton yarn or cellulose films. The polyester can also be recycled into cellulose fibres or bottles. with this technique, other bio-composite waste can be recycled and reused.
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