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Biodegradation of textiles in marine & terrestrial environments.

This project assessed the marine and terrestrial biodegradation of major apparel fibre types, including shrink resist treated and untreated wool apparel fabrics. The study addressed an important knowledge gap about the biodegradability of wool finishing processes, enabling AWI to respond with scientifically defensible evidence to challenges that wool clothing contributes to the microplastic pollution problem.

Project date

8 Oct 2018-30 Jun 2020

Principal investigator

Stewart Collie

Research organisation

Ag Research

Project led by

Australian Wool Innovation (AWI)

Australian Wool Innovation is a not-for-profit enterprise that conducts research, development and marketing along the worldwide supply chain for Australian …

  • Location

    Australia

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Focus areas

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