New Functional Textiles from Bio-based and Degradable Fibres

HKRITA
Overview

The use of the bio-based and bio-degradable materials in producing green textiles helps tackle environmental and climatic issues resulted from the consumption of petroleum without compromising fibre quality.  

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Technical name of innovation
Manufacturing Technology of Green Textiles with High Added Value
Research completion
2016
Commercialisation opportunities
Technology licensing
Problem addressed

Conventional production of synthetic fibres uses petroleum, a non-renewable resource that leads to serious air, soil, and water pollutions. This project replaces petroleum with the natural and renewable bio-based polymers in green textile manufacturing. 

Innovation
  • Development of new spinning, knitting, dyeing, and finishing processes and fashion style design to manufacture a series of silk-like, light-and-thin top-grade “green” knitting
  • Research and development of bio-based medical compression stockings which are light, thin and smart for treating varicose vein
  • Development of the fabrication technique of degradable biomaterials with complex-shaped, porous and pseudo-textile structures based on the novel 3D printing technology
Key impact
  • Offering an alternative and new material to petroleum-based plastic and chemical fibre in green textile production for commercialisation
  • PLA/PHBV fabrics have been shown to be naturally anti-bacterial against staphylococcus aureus, klebsiella pneumonia and candida albicans. No additional use of chemical agents is required.
Award
  • Special Recognition Award (Green Tech) - Bronze Award in the 2018 R&D 100 Awards (2018)
  • Special Award from Scientific Community of Romania in the 45th International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva (2017)
  • Gold Medal with Jury's Commendation in the 45th International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva (2017)
  • Silver Award in the Hong Kong Green Innovations Awards (2016)
Application
  • Sustainable textile manufacturing
  • Research and development of bio-based medical compression stockings which are light, thin and smart for treating varicose vein
  • Development of the fabrication technique of degradable biomaterials with complex-shaped, porous and pseudo-textile structures based on the novel 3D printing technology
The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA)

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. 

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