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Fibers 2016, 4(2), 16; doi:10.3390/fib4020016

Global Consumption of Flame Retardants and Related Environmental Concerns: A Study on Possible Mechanical Recycling of Flame Retardant Textiles

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Politecnico di Torino, Corso Giuseppe Pella, Biella 13900, Italy
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ENSAIT-Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Industries Textiles, Roubaix 59100, France
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College of Textile and Clothing Engineering, Soochow University, Suzhou 215006, China
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Academic Editor: Stephen C. Bondy
Received: 4 March 2016 / Accepted: 29 April 2016 / Published: 11 May 2016
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Abstract

Flame retardants (FRs) have been around us for decades to increase the chances of survival against fire or flame by limiting its propagation. The FR textiles, irrespective of their atmospheric presence are used in baby clothing, pushchairs, car seats, etc. The overall FR market in Asia, Europe, and the United States in 2007 was around 1.8 million metric tonnes. It is estimated that the worldwide consumption of FRs will reach 2.8 million tonnes in 2018. Unfortunately, a sustainable approach for textile waste, especially in the case of FR textiles, is absent. Incineration and landfill of FR textiles are hindered by various toxic outcomes. To address the need for sustainable methods of discarding FR textiles, the mechanical recycling of cotton curtains was evaluated. View Full-Text
Keywords: flame retardant (FR); textiles; mechanical recycling; cotton; carbon emissions flame retardant (FR); textiles; mechanical recycling; cotton; carbon emissions
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Yasin, S.; Behary, N.; Curti, M.; Rovero, G. Global Consumption of Flame Retardants and Related Environmental Concerns: A Study on Possible Mechanical Recycling of Flame Retardant Textiles. Fibers 2016, 4, 16.

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