Waste and Biomass Valorization

, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp 135–143

Fiber and Textile Waste Utilization


DOI: 10.1007/s12649-009-9005-y

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Wang, Y. Waste Biomass Valor (2010) 1: 135. doi:10.1007/s12649-009-9005-y


Due to the growth in world population and overall improvement of living standard, global fiber consumption has been steadily increasing in the past few decades, which leads to a higher amount of post industrial and post consumer fiber waste. This paper provides an overview on fiber and textile recycling, focusing on the case of carpets, which account for a large part of textile waste. It includes a general description of fibrous waste, statistics, material characteristics (compositions) and sources. It also offers a summary on some selected recycling technologies and products from the recycling processes. Observations on future trend and needs for further development are also discussed.



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Polymer, Textile and Fiber EngineeringGeorgia Institute of TechnologyAtlantaUSA