Elastomeric fibre such as spandex is commonly used in garment production to improve elasticity and comfort of textile apparels. To facilitate the recycling of blended garments, it is necessary to remove spandex. Current separation methods rely on the use of toxic solvents or energy-intensive processes. This project is to develop a more eco-friendly method to remove spandex from the textile blends by using biosolvents.
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.