Recent trends in green and sustainable chemistry: rethinking textile waste in a circular economy

Ming Ho To, Kristiadi Uisan, Yong Sik Ok, Daniel Pleissner, Carol Sze Ki Lin

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This review presents recent trends in green and sustainable chemistry and their applicability for textile waste valorization. It also provides a comprehensive global perspective of the linear textile economy and investigates its possible transformation into a new circular textiles economy. Furthermore, bioconversions in a textile waste biorefinery to produce glucose syrup and polyester as examples of high value–added products are presented to showcase the realisation of circular textiles ambitions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalCurrent Opinion in Green and Sustainable Chemistry
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Dec

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors give appreciation to the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA) and the Innovation and Technology Commission (ITC) in Hong Kong for the Innovation and Technology Fund (ITP/109/15TP). The authors also express gratitude to the industrial sponsors H&M Conscious Foundation, H&M (Far East) Ltd. and Novozymes® and the Leibniz-Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy Potsdam in Germany for assistance with the experimental work on textile waste valorization. Carol Sze Ki Lin deeply acknowledges the Invited Professorship in College of Life Sciences and Biotechnology at Korea University. This article is dedicated to the memory of Professor Egid Mubofu, our collaborator and beloved friend, who passed away in December 2018.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2019 Elsevier B.V.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry (miscellaneous)
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Process Chemistry and Technology
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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