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Issue 55, 2014
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Recycling textiles: the use of ionic liquids in the separation of cotton polyester blends

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Abstract

Textiles are commonly made from intimate blends of polyester and cotton, which makes recycling very difficult. We report for the first time the use of ionic liquid in the separation of polyester cotton blends. By selective dissolution of the cotton component, the polyester component can be separated and recovered in high yield. This finding presents an environmentally benign approach to recycling textile waste.

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Submitted
09 May 2014
Accepted
19 Jun 2014
First published
19 Jun 2014

RSC Adv., 2014,4, 29094-29098
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Recycling textiles: the use of ionic liquids in the separation of cotton polyester blends

R. De Silva, X. Wang and N. Byrne, RSC Adv., 2014, 4, 29094
DOI: 10.1039/C4RA04306E

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