Are textile industries in Italy ready to switch to green?

Newsletter #2 - BIOVOICES - July 2019

23-07-2019 16:38


Cleaning and hygiene, personal care and cosmetics, health and biomedical Textile products, clothing, sports and toys Food packaging, disposable tablewear Biofuels and bioenergy Building, construction and restoration, paintings, decorations and furniture Nutraceuticals, environmental bioregulation and biological sensors Other


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In Italy, more than 60% of fabrics are currently made of polyester and other petroleum-derived fibres. Often, synthetic material is used by manufacturers in place of natural fibres for reasons related to fast-fashion and cost. It shouldn’t be a luxury to be environmentally conscious and consumers are now starting to demand more sustainable textile production and consumption. Businesses are looking for economically viable bio-based alternatives to fossil-based fabric. What are the challenges and opportunities to re-design the textile industry based on the innovations stemming from the circular bioeconomy?