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Potential of biosynthetics for textiles - a guide from Textile Exchange

Updated : October 2020

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  • Entrepreneurs
  • Researchers or innovators
  • Sourcing professionals
  • Testing and standards professionals
  • Textile and fashion designers
  • Textile fiber cultivation professional
  • Textile industry sustainability professionals

This guide prepared by Textile Exchange provides details on the current status and emerging developments in the field of biosynthetics for use as sustainable and durable textile fibres.

Prepared by the organization’s Biosynthetics Working Group launched in 2016, it provides an overview of biosynthetic materials and their role towards sustainability in fashion. Key details on various biobased alternatives such as PLA, biobased nylon, bio-PET, bio-PTT, and emerging biobased fibres such as synthetic spider silk are provided.

It also covers few emerging biobased solutions for textiles, challenges involved in adopting biosynthetics, their sustainability benefits and end of life options. Details on existing standards and certifications for biobased materials in textiles are covered.

The study concludes that care should be taken by textile sourcing professionals on the challenges involved in adopting biosynthetics as sustainable alternatives to conventional textile materials.


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Topics

Biosynthetics for textiles

Challenges in biobased textile fibre sourcing

Biobased PTT fibres for clothing

PLA fibres in textiles

Biobased nylon for textiles

Synthetic spider silk

End of life options for biosynthetic textiles

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Geography
| Global
Year

2018

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