A novel research project is looking at ways to recycle plastic bottles for use in the fashion industry in a bid to halt the landfill crisis.
Although recycled PET (Polyethylene terepthalate) has been used in a limited way in the fashion industry, Northumbria University PhD student Yukie Nakano is working to identify the barriers affecting the wider introduction of recycled textile products. Yukie, who is also a research assistant in the Centre for Design Research, is also experimenting with recycled plastic to produce new types of visually enhanced fabrics – mainly knitting yarns - to evaluate the potential market for their use as textiles.
Ex-fashion designer Yukie said: “PET is fairly easy to recycle and can be made into flakes which can then be spun as a yarn. It has been used in a limited way in the fashion industry but it never really took off.
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