that was all information about recycled fabric. It was free and open to anyone, and I was very grateful for that. I was also impressed by the presentation itself. It was informative without being boring; the background and processes were described with enough science but so much as to be overwhelming to those of us who are not scientists.
Here are a few takeaways:
- Global fiber production is comprised of about sixty percent synthetic materials (derived from byproducts of crude oil) and forty percent natural materials (fiber that either comes from plants or animals)
- Total global production of textiles in the world has tripled in the last thirty years
- Quality of fibers cannot be improved during the recycling process; if a material originally used a low-quality dye, or has been contaminated in other ways, it will continue to carry those qualities into its next reincarnation
- Natural fibers can be recycled by a mechanical process which involves sorting by like colors, then chopping in a variety of ways, and then eventually carding and re-spinning
- Synthetic fibers can be recycled mechanically or chemically (in which case they are actually melted down and re-formed...while this can have an environmental impact, it also allows for closed-loop opportunities)
I really appreciated this webinar, and I appreciated that it was free and open to everyone. If this topic interests you, check out the
website for more information, resources and links.