Sustainability for polymeric fibers and textiles

Ünal, Serkan and Kızıldağ, Nuray and Güçlü, Serkan and Dızman, Bekir and Menceloğlu, Yusuf Z. (2022) Sustainability for polymeric fibers and textiles. In: 11th International Fiber and Polymer Research Symposium, Gebze, Kocaeli

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Polymeric fibers and textiles are essential to humans not only as clothing but also in a wide variety of technical applications such as medical, construction, agriculture etc. Bringing many societal, and technological benefits, they have become indispensable materials in our lives. However, the speed at which they end up in landfills poses a severe risk to the environment and requires the textile chain focus on sustainability. Research on the sustainability for polymeric fibers and textiles has focused mainly on design for sustainability, use of sustainable sources, and recycling. Design for sustainability is a holistic approach to the activities that prioritize the environment and aims to reduce the negative impact of design on the environment. Being materials derived from renewable, recycled and waste carbon resources and their combinations, which at their end of life can be recycled, biodegraded, or composted, sustainable polymers can contribute to tackle the problem of the depletion of fossil reserves, which is one of the most substantial challenges of our near future. Recycling, on the other hand, stands as an end-of-life option, which makes it possible to preserve the value generated. It enables the reintroduction of materials into the manufacturing thereby reducing the reliance on petroleum-based raw materials, CO2 emissions, energy consumption, the amount of waste disposal, and the environmental pollution by landfilling. Globally, approximately 75% of textile waste is disposed of in landfills, 25% is reused or recycled, and less than 1% of all textiles is recycled back into clothing. Considering the environmental problems and continuously increasing demand for textiles, there is an urgent need for new innovative recycling methods. The ISOPREP project has officially joined the fight against plastic pollution, with a green solvent-based chemical recycling technology to recover virgin quality polypropylene from end-of-life waste carpets. This study is intended to provide an overview about the environmental problems related with the disposal of plastics and specifically polymeric fibers and textiles, current state-of-the-art on the efforts to improve the sustainability for polymeric fibers and textiles, and the concept of the ISOPREP project.
Item Type: Papers in Conference Proceedings
Subjects: Q Science > QD Chemistry > QD001-65 General
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General) > TA401-492 Materials of engineering and construction. Mechanics of materials
T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering > TD169-171.8 Environmental protection
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences > Academic programs > Materials Science & Eng.
Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Integrated Manufacturing Technologies Research and Application Center
Depositing User: Bekir Dızman
Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2023 16:37
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2023 16:37

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