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Unwasting in the Textile Industry

We use textiles every day; from clothes to coverings, fabrics are important pieces.

Several inventive and ecological choices are progressively springing up around the globe.

It is nice to know that the numbers of environmentally responsible cloth options are continually growing, and some in places you might not expect.

Organic materials, like the fibers from pineapples and bananas, can be successfully used for an assortment of textile products. What would normally be discarded from these natively grown plants is being considered for use as fabrics to make everything from clothing to home furnishings.

The fibers from the plants are ideal for textile use considering their ability to be manufactured into an abundance of sustainably made items. Unlike traditional synthetic textiles, plant spun fibers are also completely biodegradable.

Techniques like these are of interest to the Department of Science and Technology’s Philippine Textile Research Institute, whose objective is to utilize local assets and help farmers equitably produce globally smart materials. Their research shows the promise of already existing pineapple and banana farms for their fiber use. By combining local resources and skillsets, viable business opportunities and products are made available for the community.

The textile field is also more readily applying innovative recycling techniques like unwasting which can transform, for example, what were once product wrappers into other things like fabrics. Also, natural substances like cork are being thought of differently, too. It is flexible enough to be turned into all types of fixtures, furniture and even upholstery. Cork also provides good insulating sound when used in designs like flooring and wall coverings.

A prolific approach is an examination into air enhancement properties and the potential for building portions and clothing to actually filter the surrounding air. Developments like automatic cleaning tiles and cements using nano-structured titanium dioxide particles placed within the objects can decrease nearby air pollution. Another interesting venture looks into how fabrics can be made with materials that purify the wearer’s nearby air. (Sustainable Textile Trends).

From unconventional ways of producing environmentally friendly fabrics to smart thinking on how to use the already made, the textile industry is coming up with a world of resourceful concepts.

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