Melbourne: Scientists have developed an efficient, low-cost method that can convert waste denim into reusable cotton fibres, an advance that may help prevent mountains of fabrics from ending up in the world’s landfills each year. Cotton-based clothing, such as denim, makes up a large proportion of textile waste. Meanwhile, farming cotton consumes land and resources.
Efficiently converting waste denim into reusable cotton fibres could help address both of these problems. Researchers from Deakin University in Australia created viscose-type fibres from waste denim that are either white or the original colour of the garment.