Technical design for recycling of clothing

E. Durham, A. Hewitt, R. Bell, S. Russell

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Clothing is rarely designed to aid recycling at the end of life. Design can influence both the active life of clothing and suitability for reuse or recycling when discarded by its user. This chapter discusses some important aspects of design for recycling, such as durability, homogeneity of composition, compatibility with industrial recycling processes, yarn and fabric structure, coatings and printed surfaces, adhesives and lamination, joint selection, disassembly time, and labeling. Small design modifications in clothing to facilitate automated disassembly are also considered for the removal of labels, logos, buttons, and zippers without damaging the surrounding fabric.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSustainable Apparel
Subtitle of host publicationProduction, Processing and Recycling
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781782423577
ISBN (Print)9781782423393
Publication statusPublished - 25 Aug 2015
Externally publishedYes


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