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Develop Eco-friendly Yarn and Fabric for Sporty Fashion

In recent years, sustainability has become a major trend in the textile industry. Consumers are better informed and increasingly expect ecologically and socially acceptable products and thus sustainable solutions in the textile industry. With increasing wellbeing consciousness, people are willing to invest more time and resources on sports to keep fit. For textile industry, sporty fashion or leisure sportswear becomes more and more popular, which can be worn in leisure sport, in daily or even business occasions. Although it is not worn in strenuous practices, people pay more attention to the sporty wear with the function of comfortability, air permeability, and moisture management and anti-bacterial characteristics than common clothes. If it is outdoor leisure sport, UV blocking is also a factor of consideration. With that said, major sporty or sports wear mainly consists of polyester/nylon which could not be easily recycled and have low air permeability compared to other materials. In this project, a series of eco-friendly multifunctional fabric with moisture management function (MMF), ultraviolet (UV) blocking and anti-bacterial characteristics will be designed and developed with green concepts to achieve the functional requirements as well as better hand feel. Based on the concept of fabric design, green fibers will be selected and treated, to form the required yarn for fabric knitting or weaving. In the end of the project, a one-way-transfer moisture management fabric will be designed, which consists of nature and cellulose fibers, such as silk and lyocell fibers. An appropriate spinning method will be employed to produce and blend the selected eco-friendly materials to meet the structure requirement of MMF fabric.

Project No. (ITC) ITP/001/21TP
Project Type Platform
Project Co-ordinator Dr. YAO Lei
Research Institute The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel Limited
ITF Amount HK$ 3,054,400
Start Date DD/MM/YY 2021-03-30
Completion Date DD/MM/YY 2023-03-29
Sponsors
High Fashion Garments International Company Limited
Lenzing Fibers (Hong Kong) Limited