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Identification of fibre composition of apparel for recycling

Tyler, DJ and Humpston, G and Morley, M (2015) Identification of fibre composition of apparel for recycling. In: 2015 International Fiber Recycling Symposium.


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We present the results of a recent review of fibre identification technologies for apparel recycling. The review focuses on tagging and labelling approaches that can help apparel recyclers identify the material composition of the recycling grades of apparel, in preparation for the introduction of more material-specific recycling technologies. We conclude that the adoption of the 2D barcode linked to an external database will both contain sufficient bits to encode useful information, and that such an approach could also give consumer (and hence brand) benefits that would help make the business case for their introduction.

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