Bio-based Technologies

Bio-based Technologies

Offering a sustainable alternative for current cotton-polyester textile materials based on cellulose from bio-waste sources and bio-polyesters, combined with bio-based coating & finishing

The vast majority of clothing is made of two types of fibres; polyester and cotton. These, however, have considerable disadvantages and shortcomings. Polyester is oil-based and mainly sourced in the Middle East, whilst cotton is mostly grown in e.g. India, with a large environmental impact because of pesticides and high water consumption. More sustainable alternatives, possibly based on bio-based materials, are thus of high need.

The HEREWEAR project aims at the development of clothing made from bio-based resources. Emerging sustainable technologies for wet and melt spinning of cellulose and bio-based polyesters, for yarn and fabric production and for coating and colouring will be developed and piloted at semi-industrial scale.


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