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Old Clothes Don’t Mean Wastage: Ionic Liquidation Creates New Fibers To Make New Garments

Apr 06, 2017 01:21 AM EDT


Scientists now use an ionic liquid to melt the old clothes to create new fibers. A pioneering technique to recycle and make new garments from the old one.

A good number of folks don't have much time to replace their old clothes, but they are eager to follow the latest trend of fashions. Now, these people can avail a chance to explore something new from the old piling. A new amazing technique invents a recycling process that melts the old clothes to get an astonishing outcome.

Haslinger Simone, a doctoral candidate at Aalto University in Finland, utters significant words about the recycling process, Digital Trends stated. She is a key part of the team that has invented the recycle technique of the old clothes. Simone is currently working as a part of the "E.U. Horizon 2020 project". The name of this project is "Trash-2-Cash" and the initiatives are to find ways to decrease the environmental pollution.

The initiatives include a recycling technique for the cotton and the polyester wastes or the said old clothes. Haslinger Simone and other scientists have used an ionic liquid that can dissolve the real cotton part of a fabric. Currently, fabric means the blend of polyester and cotton.

Now the cotton part can be dissolved into a specific cellulose solution. The best thing is that the polyester part will remain unaffected throughout the process. The next step is to spin fibers from the said cellulose solution, according to ACS. So, old clothes can't be a part of wastage anymore.

In a word, the cotton part can be turned into new fibers once it is separated from polyester. Fibers are always used as the key element to invent new materials. The name of the ionic liquid is "1,5-diazabicyclo[4.3.0]non-5-ene acetate" and it is less hazardous. So recycling of old clothes to get new garments invents new dimension in the arena of research works.

The research team is participating in the 253rd National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society to present this unique work. The new pioneering technique uncovers many opportunities for more study and development. Old clothes are no more a part of the garbage, but a source of new material.

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