PhatherTex: Biobased and biodegradable textiles from bioplastics and feathers
Purpose and goal
Current production methods and sources of raw materials make the textile industry unsustainable. At the same time, 3-5 million tons of feather waste is produced each year, most of which goes to landfills. Through this project, we will explore the possibility to create a compound between biologically hydrolysed feather and biobased and biodegradable polymers (PHAs), to be used as new materials for a sustainable textiles production. These textiles would be completely biobased and biodegradable, and also carbon neutral.
Expected results and effects
The end result is a production method/value chain for environmentally and commercially sustainable textile materials using byproducts from the agricultural and the poultry industries.
Planned approach and implementation
The project consists of four work packages. We will first produce suitable forms of PHAs and feather fibres, after which we will form the composites and try to spin these into textile fibres. The project team is made up of an SME (Bioextrax), Academia (Borås University), established industry (Perstorp) as w ell as the end-user (Tretorn).