Upcycling of Hospital Textiles into Fashionable Garments
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The commercial textile circulation in Finland works that a company is responsible for supplying and maintenance of the textiles. The major customers include hospitals and restaurants chains. When the textiles are degraded and unsuitable for use, a part of it is acquired by companies, like, TAUKO Designs, for further use. The rest part is unfortunately sent to the landﬁlls. Some research questions were tried to answered, whether the waste fabrics show the properties good enough to be used to manufacture new garments. If the properties of the waste textiles are not conducive enough to be made into new fabrics, whether or not other alternatives could be explored. A different view of the thesis also tries to reduce the amount of textile waste in the landﬁlls by exploring different methods. This was done by first assessing and analyzing the waste by LCA followed by characterizing the waste for different properties. The amount of cellulose polyester ﬁbers was calculated along with breaking force and mass per unit area. These tests were conducted from different parts, center and corner, of the samples. The results were then compared with the values of the unused samples. The result of the research suggests that, not all the fabrics are degraded equally and hence, it is difﬁcult to determine the exact degradation value. However, there are other applications for the waste textiles, which would reduce the amount ending up in landﬁlls. The thesis work concludes with a direction for further research in the future.