Recycling in Textiles - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781855739529, 9781845691424

Recycling in Textiles

1st Edition

Editors: Youjiang Wang
eBook ISBN: 9781845691424
Hardcover ISBN: 9781855739529
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 20th March 2006
Page Count: 248
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Table of 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.


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.

Key Features

  • Provides extensive coverage of this hot topic
  • An invaluable guide for all in the textile industry
  • Learn how to increase the rate of recycling


All those in the industry who are now looking for ways to recycle their textile waste


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About the Editors

Youjiang Wang Editor

Dr Youjiang Wang is a Professor of Polymer, Textile and Fiber Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. He is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and of the Textile Institute.

Affiliations and Expertise

Robertson Research International, Swanley, Kent, UK