“Plastic Bags Are Being Recycled into Fabric”

MIT

Scientists have made fabrics from polythene to reduce plastic pollution. Polythene is a ubiquitous plastic and has potential uses in sportswear and high end fashion. The fabrics are made from polythene fibers that are woven on industrial looms into textiles. They are designed to let water escape and can be dyed into different colors. These fabrics are less damaging to the environment than wool, cotton, linen, silk, nylon, and polyester.

The main challenge is ensuring that these fabrics are comfortable for consumers. If a solution exists for this challenge then it would help the environment greatly since the textile manufacturing industry is responsible for 5-10% of annual greenhouse gases.

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