e-Newsletter 55

FEATURE

HKRITA Debuts in Future Fabrics Expo

The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA) participated in the 9th Future Fabrics Expo in London this January. The expo, one of the largest exhibitions in the industry showcasing different sustainable fabrics and materials, examines how the fashion industry contributes to the sustainable development of the industry.

This is the first time for HKRITA to take part in the expo. We introduced six award-winning innovations on textile recycling and sustainable materials to visitors. They are the Mini Mill which recycles used garment to become a new one; the Green Machine which enables self-separation of cotton polyester blends by hydrothermal treatment; the brewery which recycles textile waste by biological means; an eco-friendly cellulosic superabsorbent polymer (SAP) which is a bio-degradable water retention solution, an innovative spinning system for chitosan yarn; and a new functional textiles made from bio-based and degradable fibres.

These innovations provide ideas to the industry to move towards a sustainable growth with different options and technologies. Many representatives from the industry and visitors shared various new and constructive ideas in the exchanges. For instance, there were suggestions about blending different materials with bio-based and degradable materials to achieve a better hand feel and anti-bacterial functions, and new business ideas arising from the latest developments of the upcycling and recycling practices. This expo has established a useful platform for us to deliver and exchange the sustainability message amongst the fashion industry.

Ms Yan Chan introduces HKRITA’s technology development in sustainable materials like chitosan yarn and bio-based degradable yarn (Photo courtesy of Paul Cochrane)
The seminar attracts lots of visitors and inspires many discussions (Photo courtesy of Paul Cochrane)

Ms Yan Chan, our Director, Business Development, was invited to speak in a concurrent seminar on “Decoding the Future of Materials: Addressing Waste, Exploring Circular Systems, and Designing with Nature”. Ms Chan shed light on our technology development in sustainable materials like chitosan yarn and bio-based degradable yarn, and different textile recycling methods. Our sharing in the seminar inspired lots of discussions and exchanges amongst different visitors.

 
Lots of visitors are interested in HKRITA’s innovations on textile recycling and sustainable materials in Future Fabrics Expo (Photo courtesy of Paul Cochrane) Representatives of research centre, biotech startup, manufacturer of material science and academic are invited to speak in the concurrent seminar on “Decoding the Future of Materials: Addressing Waste, Exploring Circular Systems, and Designing with Nature” organised by Future Fabrics Expo