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Micro particles generated from laundering of cotton and other fabrics

Microfibre, especially microplastic, pollution of waterways and oceans and the effect on associated animal life is an area of increasing environmental concern. Previous research showed that while cellulose-based fabrics (such as cotton) generally shed more microfibres, they also degrade more quickly than polyester fibres.

This investment investigates how dyes and other finishes may affect degradation rates, and whether cotton has an environmental benefit over synthetics regarding microfibre pollution.

Project date

1 Jan 2017-31 Dec 2019
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Principal investigator

Richard Venditti

Research organisations

North Carolina State University

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Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC)

The Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC) delivers outcomes in cotton research, development and extension (RD&E) for the Australian …

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    Research funding body

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