The indigo used in dyeing jeans is difficult to remove from the wastewater due to the recalcitrant nature of the dye. Meanwhile, current physiochemical decolouring treatment are high energy-consuming and involves uses of chemical additives. Therefore, wastewater treatment of denim dyeing is considered key to maintaining the sustainability of the textile industry.
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.