Open and closed-loop recycling of textile and apparel products

Payne, Alice (2015) Open and closed-loop recycling of textile and apparel products. In Muthu, S. (Ed.) Handbook of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of Textiles and Clothing. Woodhead Publishing, Cambridge, United Kingdom, pp. 103-123.

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Abstract

Textile waste is a significant contributor to landfill yet the majority of textiles can be recycled, allowing for the energy and fibre to be reclaimed. This chapter examines the open-loop and closed loop recycling of textile products with particular reference to the fashion and apparel context. It describes the fibres used within apparel, the current mechanical and chemical methods for textile recycling, LCA findings for each method, and applications within apparel for each. Barriers for more effective recycling include ease of integration into existing textile and apparel design methods as well as coordinated collection of post-consumer waste. The chapter concludes with a discussion of innovations that point to future trends in both open-loop and closed-loop recycling within the apparel industry.

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ID Code: 89100
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Apparel open-loop recycling, Closed-loop recycling, LCA, Recycling textiles, Fashion, Textiles
DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-08-100169-1.00006-X
ISBN: 9780081001691
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > DESIGN PRACTICE AND MANAGEMENT (120300) > Textile and Fashion Design (120306)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Deposited On: 15 Oct 2015 04:05
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2016 23:41

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