Recycling in Textiles book cover

Recycling in Textiles

An increasing amount of waste is generated each year from textiles and their production. For economic and environmental reasons it is necessary that as much of this waste as possible is recycled instead of being disposed of in landfill sites. In reality the rate of textile recycling is still relatively low. On average, approximately ten million tonnes of textile waste is currently dumped in Europe and America each year. Considering the diversity of fibrous waste and structures, many technologies must work in concert in an integrated industry in order to increase the rate of recycling. Recycling in textiles shows how this can be achieved.

The first part of the book introduces the subject by looking at the general issues involved and the technologies concerned. Part Two explores the chemical aspects of textile recycling. Part Three focuses on recycled textile products, including nonwovens and alternative fibres. Finally, the last part of the book discusses possible applications of recycled textiles, including using recycled products in the operating theatre, for soil stabilisation and in concrete reinforcement.

Recycling in textiles presents several promising technologies and ideas for recycling systems. This is the first book of its kind to bring together textile recycling issues, technology, products, processes and applications. It will prove an invaluable guide to all those in the industry who are now looking for ways to recycle their textile waste.

Hardbound, 248 Pages

Published: March 2006

Imprint: Woodhead Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-85573-952-9

Contents

  • Part 1 General textile recycling issues and technology: Textile recycling: A system perspective; Designing textile products that are easy to recycle; Carpet stewardship in the United States: A commitment to sustainability; System’s planning for carpet recycling; Carpet recycling technologies. Part 2 Chemical aspects in textile recycling: Recycling waste water from textile production; Recycling and reuse of textile chemicals. Part 3 Recycled textile products: Development of products made of reclaimed fibers; Manufacturing nonwovens and other products using recycled fibers; Textile products produced from alternative fibers. Part 4 Applications of recycled textiles: Recycling of textiles used in the operating theatre; Composite products from post-consumer carpet; Utilization of recycled carpet fibers for reinforcement of concrete and soil.

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