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Textile waste is a problem: How researchers want to solve it

Laura Oleniacz writes in TechXplore about a potential solution to textile waste.

The C3 Take
  • Each year 11 million tons of textile waste goes into landfills in the U.S.
  • Researchers at North Carolina State University are looking to solve this problem by experimenting with enzymes.
  • The research team is hoping to use enzymes to separate polyester and cellulose in clothing and recycle the materials or convert them into agricultural compost.
  • If successful, this experiment could unlock a pathway forward to reducing our environmental footprint.

“Sonja Salmon, associate professor of textile engineering, chemistry and science at North Carolina State University, is studying a process for separating blended fabrics into their component fibers so they can be recycled or composted.”

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