Plastic fantastic fashion

Plastic fantastic fashion

Image courtesy of Svetlana Boriskina

How cool would it be to transform plastic bag waste into clothing, tackling two unsustainability issues in one? Until now, it wasn’t thought possible – largely because the plastic from which bags are made doesn’t absorb moisture and would trap in sweat.

But scientists, reporting in the journal Nature Sustainability, say they’ve worked out how to spin polyethylene (PE) – the most common form of plastic and easily recycled – into silky, light fabric that can absorb water and dry off more efficiently than existing textiles.


Published by Cosmos.

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