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Recycling 2016, 1(1), 166-177; doi:10.3390/recycling1010166

Parameters Affecting the Upcycling of Waste Cotton and PES/CO Textiles

Department of Materials Science, Tampere University of Technology (TUT), Tampere 33720, Finland
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Academic Editor: Michele Rosano
Received: 14 March 2016 / Revised: 20 April 2016 / Accepted: 23 May 2016 / Published: 30 May 2016
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Textile wastes in landfills are a major concern and offer wide scope in terms of waste management. The process of upcycling which aims at converting the waste into products of higher value is a feasible option. The research aims to explore factors to improve the process of upcycling. A set of mixed polyester/cotton (PES/CO) and cotton waste textiles from hospitals were examined for their properties. There are some physical parameters such as the mechanical properties and degree of polymerization that govern the process of upcycling. It was concluded that the textiles are degraded unevenly, so that it is difficult to predict their pattern of degradation. However, there are other possibilities and processes of using the waste textiles to reduce the waste in landfills. View Full-Text
Keywords: upcycling; waste management; sustainability; waste recovery; regenerated fibers upcycling; waste management; sustainability; waste recovery; regenerated fibers
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Vats, S.; Rissanen, M. Parameters Affecting the Upcycling of Waste Cotton and PES/CO Textiles. Recycling 2016, 1, 166-177.

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