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A novel and creative design-science methodology for the deconstruction of wool for circular textiles

The large environmental impact of the fashion and textile industry on our planet alongside the need to transition to a circular economy system in this sector has been widely recognised. To achieve this transition, innovation in textile waste recovery is needed, being recycling crucial in implementing a circular textiles system. My research proposes to devise novel and creative interdisciplinary ‘design-science’ approaches for bio-based deconstruction of wool in a context of circular textile economy. Through collaborating with molecular biologists, I aim to investigate from a design perspective the enzymatic deconstruction of wool into new polymers and fibres. This process aims to contribute to the development of a novel bio-based closed-loop recycling process for end-of-life wool and to the valorisation of coarse wool not suitable for applications. The deconstruction of end-of-life and low-grade wool could be beneficial on the one hand to decrease the dependency on raw animal fibres and their environmental impact, whilst on the other hand to enhance protein-based textile waste valorisation in the context of circular economy.

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