BRISBANE - Scientists at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) say they have found a commercial enzyme capable of dissolving wool fibres in polyester and wool mix fabrics without damaging the polyester.

Professor Robert Speight and Dr Laura Navone say their discovery has the potential to save huge quantities of polyester from going to landfill and allow it to be recycled instead.

Professor Speight said: "Recycled polyester is a valuable tradable commodity. The polyester extracted from fabric can be made into polyester chips and turned into anything from yarn for new textiles to playground equipment.

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