The textile and clothing industry is seeking eco-friendly and sustainable solutions to the increasing energy demands of production and negative effects on the environment. PLA and PHBV are 100% bio-based, biodegradable, nontoxic and biocompatible polymers. Although having good spinnability, PLA has low heat resistance, high rigidity and brittleness after long-term storage. It is difficult to apply to textile processes such as yarn texturing, dyeing and finishing. PHBV is widely used in the production of plastic goods, but because of its poor spinnability and high brittleness, it is rarely used in the textile industry.
However, the blending of PHBV and PLA into textile fibres provides greater heat stability and softness than is the case with pure PLA fibres. This project successfully developed technologies for low temperature yarn texturing and low temp dyeing processes in shorter time for green textile products made from PHBV/PLA fibre.
A non-exclusive licence covers:
|Gold Medal with jury's commendation in the 45th International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva (2017)|
|Silver Award in the Hong Kong Green Innovations Awards (2016)|
|Special award from Scientific Community of Romania in the 45th International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva (2017)|
|Special Recognition Award (Green Tech) - Bronze Award in the 2018 R&D 100 Awards (2018)|
|Related ITF project|
|Research Start Date||2014-03-31|