- 4pm – 5:30pm
Who could attend
TCC Seminar five: Eco-Textiles – Regenerated Cellulose Fibres Manufacturing using an Environmentally Benign Process
According to the World Bank, 20% of land and water pollution globally is caused by textile processing industries. Regenerated cellulose fibres manufacturing processes, like those used to create Viscose/Rayon, use renewable wood pulp cellulose. However, this fibre spinning process uses highly aggressive chemicals, like carbon di-sulphide, sulphuric acid and sodium hydroxide, which leaves a large environmental footprint.
As a part of our research at Cranfield University, we developed a regenerated cellulose fibre manufacturing process using environmentally benign solvents and natural dyes. Regenerated cellulose fibres will help reduce pollution from the Rayon fibres manufacturing process, while the use of natural dyes will reduce the environmental impact from using toxic synthetic textiles dyes. The regenerated cellulose fibres and use of natural dyes developed in our lab can potentially help address the demand for sustainable fashion products.
The fifth session in the TCC Seminar Series will be led by Dr Sameer Rahatekar from Cranfield University.
In the series
The Textiles Circularity Centre (TCC) presents its events programme of seminars, open labs and research in progress events which invite audiences to explore a vision of a future circular textiles economy for the UK SME apparel-fashion industry based on producing high value textiles from bio waste resource flow. The Seminar Series launched on 27 October 2021 as part of the Textiles Circularity Centre’s programme of events running from October 2021 to the end of 2024. Events are open to all and free to attend.
Empowering citizen-consumers in a fashion-textiles Circular Economy
One of the key aspects of a circular economy is to keep products in use for as long as possible. We invite all sections of society to participate in discussing and mapping the strategies used by design brands, retailers, charities, waste management initiatives, councils, community groups and researchers that aim to keep apparel in use.