Plastic waste is the new fashion trend: MIT researchers recycle to create sustainable fabrics
Plastic waste is recycled and turned into a new sustainable fabric by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
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Recycling has been a massive thing around the world since the first news of climate change and destruction first reported, but human efforts have not been enough to eradicate it.
Today the world sees a variety of sustainability actions, and one leading company comes to mind, and that is Tesla. Why? Because the clean energy company is banking on the environment, from its electric vehicles and charging stations to its Solar Roof and Powerwall technology, to its cryptocurrency transactions that expose the energy resources of the extraction of bitcoin coal.
MIT researchers have found a way to bypass plastic
In an article published in Nature Sustainability on March 15, it appears that scientists, engineers and researchers have found a way to solve the plastic crisis, without needing to burn them or bury them.
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For the researchers, turning plastic into something else was quite a feat, and this “thing” is a type of fabric that can be used for different applications, especially since it looks or mimics cotton. This type of fabric would almost look like cotton or some other usual soft, breathable fabric found on clothing, which is made possible by the team.
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According to the World Wide Fund for Nature, plastic waste that people leave behind ends up in landfills, and light waste is carried by strong winds and falls from the ocean, hence its pollution. This happens to those who are not eligible for recycling or who are not used for other purposes.
Durable plastic fabric
Researchers at MIT have devised a way to create “polyethylene,” a form of breathable fabric from said recycling of plastic bags and trash. The material is known to “let in heat” instead of trapping it, hence its breathability.
Additionally, polyethylene can also retain moisture in the fabric, which is seen in most plastic materials. This material is extracted by engineers to create the new fabric, which is the future of sustainability.
Plastic waste as a new fashion trend?
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The fashion of recycling plastic waste was a huge hit in the fashion industries back in 2010, or when Lady Gaga popularized the trend. However, people don’t have to wear extremely loud and high fashion outfits to show that they are one for recycling and with nature with their rising.
Soon this technology or engineering could be adopted by different brands in the fashion industry to help reduce waste and create a sustainable future that is less polluted by discarded plastic.
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