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Published on Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Ionic liquids used to recycle cotton-poly textiles

Written by Stacey Dove
Cotton

GEELONG – Researchers in Australia have used ionic liquids to successfully separate polyester–cotton blended textiles, with polyester recovery rates claimed to be in the region of 99.5 per cent. Subsequently, work is now also underway to use this technology to spin new regenerated cotton fibres that are competitive with both viscose and lyocell.


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