Textile waste with cotton can be converted into cellulose powder, which is further developed into Cellulosic Superabsorbent Polymer (C-SAP). C-SAP retains the water-absorbing property of petrochemical-based SAP while contributing to environmental protection. It provides a second life to the huge amount of textile waste and reduces environmental impacts from burning fossil fuel and oil spills.
Established in 2006, The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA) is funded by the Innovation and Technology Commission of the HKSAR government, and hosted by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
HKRITA has achieved research deliverables over the years around our research clusters targeting in sustainability, industry advancement and social benefits through our centre-owned research teams and laboratories as well as collaborations with industry partners and institutions.