The production of two mainstreams of cellulose fibres, cotton and viscose, generate environmental impacts. Growing cotton requires the use of pesticides and high consumption of water, while producing viscose fibres use a highly polluted solution to extract cellulose and produce viscose fibre. Using bacterial cellulose to produce regenerated cellulose fibres can also recycle beverage waste.
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.