These included challenges in spinning yarn from PLA staple fibres, experiences and solutions to produce open-end spun yarn, recycling, close-loop products, the pre-launch of a new carpet prototype and the presentation of endless dope-dyed multifilament in different biobased colours.
In the Pure Nature: 100% Biobased project, the business community worked together with knowledge institutions on research into biopolymers for textiles, new biobased additives and methods for measuring sustainability. Participants included Centexbel (the Belgian technical and scientific centre for the textile industry), the Dutch Centre of Expertise Biobased Economy (Avans and HZ Universities) and the Flemish textile company De Saedeleir Textile Platform. The Aachen-Maastricht Institute for Biobased Materials (AMIBM) acted as principal and conducted research in three departments into new fibres and additives as well as into more sustainable production in a more general sense.
The Pure Nature: 100% Biobased project was funded by the Interreg V Flanders-Netherlands programme, the cross-border cooperation programme with financial support from the European Regional Development Fund.
See also: 100% Biobased textile not a matter of course (article, Agro&Chemistry 26 June 2018)
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