PLA based textiles

Polylactic acid is the starting point for many versions of biodegradable plastics. PLA also has the potential to be used in textiles in place of synthetics, thus providing an avenue for eco-friendly plastics use in apparel.

Stakeholders

Entrepreneurs

Financial investors

Packaging professionals

Production professionals

Researchers or innovators

Vital Stats

How does it work?

PLA-based fabrics are used in combination with wool and cotton for applications in casual wear, workwear and protective clothing, and to overcome current limitations of PLA fibers as a real alternative to existing fabrics.

Sustainability benefits

PLA is biodegradable, compostable and obtained from renewable resources.

Highlights/USP

PLA’s chemical structure results in better breathability, hydrophilic properties, ultraviolet resistance, low smoke production and flammability.

Stage of commercialization

Early-stage

Types of professionals who can improve the solution

Chemical engineers, Biochemical engineers

Specifically relevant to any geography?

Nil

Decarbonization Potential

Moderate

Value Chain

Natural or synthetic fiber ,

Web Resources

Bio-based fibers with improved properties for clothing applications

This discusses a project that aims to improve the behavior of PLA for use in clothing manufacture by developing a new bio-compound that provides the desired properties for clothing applications and is suitable for use in industrial fiber production. PLA is biodegradable, compostable and obtained from renewable resources. It is also suitable for obtaining melt-processable fibers.

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