There are currently vast amounts of clothing waste (11M tonnes landfilled in the USA alone) around the world that nobody knows what to do with. Only a small fraction of clothes donated to charity shops is re-worn and most goes to landfill or storage. In the meantime, consumers are switched on to the issues of waste (see the recent ‘War on Waste’ programme on the ABC) and are rejecting fast fashion. They are demanding ethical and sustainable clothing. We desperately need an effective way to turn mixed and blended fabrics back to single component yarns to be made back into fabric.
Funding / Grants
- Catapult scheme - funded by the Institute for Future Environments (2017)
- Professor Robert Speight
- Dr Laura Navone
- Associate Professor James Blinco
- Associate Professor Alice Payne