Sustainable Fibers for Textile Applications
Most fabrics available on the market are made of natural fibers such as cotton and wool, and polyester (PES) blends. To find a more sustainable material to produce clothes, polylactic acid (PLA) has been used in place of PES. PLA is biodegradable, compostable and obtained from renewable resources. It is also suitable for obtaining melt-processable fibers. PLA's chemical structure has demonstrated better breathability, hydrophilic properties, ultraviolet resistance, low flammability, and lower density than PES. Current limitations on commercial PLA grades for use in textile applications are based on their mechanical, thermal and hydrolytic behaviors.
Fecha Publicación: 16/10/2019
Autor: López-Aznar, N. (AIMPLAS)
Referencia: Industrial BiotechnologyVol. 15, No. 5Catalyzing Innovation