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HUDDERSFIELD - A research project aimed at recycling blended cotton and polyester textile waste into new polyester and cellulose fibres for textile products has won a £1.75 million ($2.2m) research grant.

Chenyu Du, professor in biochemical engineering at the University of Huddersfield, has been awarded the funding by the the UK Research and Innovation’s (UKRI) Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

Du's research is one of five three-year projects that have been awarded a total of £6 million ($7.6m) by the UKRI in an attempt to support a more sustainable plastics system and help the UK move towards a circular plastics economy.

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