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Sustainable Textiles - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781845694531, 9781845696948

Sustainable Textiles

1st Edition

Life Cycle and Environmental Impact

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Editor: Richard Blackburn
Hardcover ISBN: 9781845694531
eBook ISBN: 9781845696948
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 19th October 2009
Page Count: 416
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Table of Contents

Part 1 Sustainability through the supply chain: Achieving sustainable textiles: A designer’s perspective; Sustainable cotton production and processing; Sustainable wool production and processing; Sustainable synthetic fibres: The case of poly(hydroxyalkanoates) (PHA) and other fibres; Enzyme biotechnology for sustainable textiles; Key sustainability issues in textile dyeing; Environmentally-friendly plasma technologies for textiles; Understanding and improving textile recycling: A systems perspective. Part 2 Applications and case studies: Consumer perceptions of recycled textile fibres; Eco-labelling for textiles and apparel; Organic cotton: Production practices and post harvest considerations; The role of nanotechnology in sustainable textiles; The use of recovered plastic bags in nonwoven fabrics; Environmentally-friendly flame-retardant textiles; Systems change for sustainability in textiles.


Environmental issues are playing an increasingly important role in the textile industry, both from the point of view of government regulation and consumer expectations. Sustainable textiles reviews ways of achieving more sustainable materials and technologies as well as improving recycling in the industry.

The first part of the book discusses ways of improving sustainability at various points in the supply chain. Chapters discuss how sustainability can be integrated into textile design, ensuring more sustainable production of both natural and synthetic fibres, improving sustainability in processes such as dyeing as well as more environmentally-friendly technologies including enzyme and plasma technologies. The second part of the book reviews consumer perceptions of recycled textiles, eco-labelling, organic textiles and the use of recycled materials in textile products.

With a distinguished editor and an impressive range of international contributors, Sustainable textiles is an important reference for the textile industry and those researching this important topic.

Key Features

  • Reviews government regulations and consumer expectations about environmental impact on the textiles industry
  • Discusses ways of achieving more sustainable materials and technologies as well as textiles recycling
  • Examines how sustainability can be integrated into textile design, production and processes


The textile industry and those researching this important topic


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19th October 2009
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Overall, this broad-based reference tool for fabric specifiers represents a solid investment., Ecotextile News
…neatly outlines how the environmental profile of cotton, wool and synthetic fibre-based textiles could be improved., Ecotextile News
…a more holistic view of textile production., Ecotextile News

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About the Editor

Richard Blackburn

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