Biodegradable and Sustainable Fibres

1st Edition

Editors: Richard Blackburn
Hardcover ISBN: 9781855739161
eBook ISBN: 9781845690991
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 30th November 2005
Page Count: 464
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Table of Contents

Microbial processes in the degradation of fibres; Bast fibres (flax, hemp, jute, ramie, kenaf, abaca); Alginate fibres; Cellulosic fibres and fabric processing; Lyocell fibres; Polylactic acid fibres; Poly(hydroxyalkanoates) and poly(caprolactane); The route to synthetic silks; Biodegradable natural fibre composites; Biodegradable nonwovens; Natural geotextiles; Conversion of cellulose, chitin and chitosan to filaments with simple salt solutions; Soya bean protein fibres – past, present and future.

Description

With increasing concerns regarding the effect the textile industry is having on the environment, more and more textile researchers, producers and manufacturers are looking to biodegradable and sustainable fibres as an effective way of reducing the impact textiles have on the environment. The emphasis in Biodegradable and sustainable fibres is on textiles that are beneficial by their biodegradation and come from sustainable sources.

Biodegradable and sustainable fibres opens with a discussion of microbial processes in fibre degradation. It then moves on to discuss the major fibre types, including bast fibres, alginates, cellulose and speciality biodegradable fibres, such as lyocell, poly(lactic acid) and poly(hydroxyalkanoate)s. The development of synthetic silks is covered along with biodegradable natural fibre composites, nonwovens, and geotextiles. The final chapter looks at the history and future of soya bean protein fibres.

Biodegradable and sustainable fibres is a comprehensive monograph providing essential reference for anyone interested in the area and environmental issues relating to textiles including fibre and textile scientists and students, textile technologists, manufacturers, and forensic specialists in industry and academia.

Key Features

  • Indispensable new book on this hot topic
  • Discusses the major fibre types, inlcuding bast fibres
  • Looks at biodegradable and sustainable fibres as an effective way of reducing the harm disposed textiles have on the environment

Readership

Fiber and textile scientists and students; Textile technologists; Manufacturers; Forensic specialists in industry and academia


Details

No. of pages:
464
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Woodhead Publishing 2006
Published:
Imprint:
Woodhead Publishing
eBook ISBN:
9781845690991
Hardcover ISBN:
9781855739161

About the Editors

Richard Blackburn Editor

Dr Richard S. Blackburn is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Design at the University of Leeds, UK. Dr Blackburn is well-known for his research in the areas of green chemistry and sustainability. He is also a co-founder of Dyecat Ltd and the RITE (Reducing the Impact of Textiles on the Environment) Group.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Leeds, UK