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Naked in 2030?

Will there be enough textile fibres to clothe the population of Earth in 2030? In step with the growth of the population of our planet, the demand for natural fibres, such as resource-intensive cotton, increases. This is the reason for the textile industry’s search for new, more environmentally friendly alternatives. Natural fibres from the shoots of a fast-growing Indian tree, belonging to the Malvaceae family, are a possible solution. As part of their degree project at the Swedish School of Textiles, textile engineers Annie Nilsson and Malin Larsson have been able to refine the coarse fibres of the Grewia Optiva tree using, among other things, enzymes. The result is more environmentally sustainable fibres that can be used to make yarn.