From ABC News (3/11/23)…
Australia’s fashion waste is a growing problem, but these scientists say they have an answer
It looks and feels like children’s playdough, but this colourful clay being made in a lab at Deakin University in Geelong, is actually old clothing.
For the past five years, scientists at the university’s Institute for Frontier Materials have been trialling different methods to figure out the best way to recycle Australia’s growing textile waste.
Now, they think they’ve found a way.
“What we’ve discovered is that we can take waste textiles and grind them up into really fine particles, which we can then use as a pigment to re-dye new textiles,” Emma Prime, Deakin University’s strategic research manager, said.