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MASSACHUSETTS - Researchers have produced a new textile from polyethylene (PE) which they say could make the fashion industry more sustainable and reduce the world’s plastic waste mountain.

Scientists involved in the project say the easily-recyclable fabric offers superior cooling properties to cotton or linen, while being more stain resistant than polyester.

Their study, published in the peer-reviewed Nature Sustainability journal, says PE - commonly used in plastic bags - has been overlooked by the textile industry in favour of natural fibres, such as cotton and wool, and other synthetics, such as polyester and nylon.

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