Funded consortium projects to date
· Don’t feed the fish (Biov8tion) – This preliminary project studied triggers for microfibre shedding of synthetic textiles through yarn strength characteristics. Variables included http://bit.ly/2BNYYQp
· Development of an industry test method (University of Leeds) - The main objectives of the project are to develop a reproducible testing method that can be used by well-equipped textile test houses and brands to measure the weight of material release during the washing of fabrics.
· Strategic infographic and research roadmap (Biov8tion) – The infographic demonstrates how raw materials and processes right across the supply chain and then later into the consumer facing part can effect this challenge. The roadmap demonstrates the industry wide action plan against a set time frame, becoming a clear tool to visualise who ongoing research and product based solutions, and manage expectations of brand, retailer and supply chain partners as they include microfibres into their longer term strategies.
· Virgin v’s recycled (Biov8tion) – This project will answer the questions 1. Does recycled raw material effect microfibre loss at the product level? 2. Which recycling processes are less impactful than others, and what understanding can we apply to engineering new solutions?
· Understanding colour (Biov8tion) – This work will answer the questions 1. What does the effect of the different colouration methods have on microfibre loss? 2. Which processes / routes to product are less impactful than others and what understanding can we apply to engineering new solutions?
Growth of the consortium membership and funding, will enable the consortium to proceed with other pressing areas of research.