Potential of Bacterial Cellulose for Sustainable Fashion and Textile Applications: A Review

aut.relation.journalJournal of Materials Science
dc.contributor.authorNayak, R
dc.contributor.authorCleveland, D
dc.contributor.authorTran, G
dc.contributor.authorJoseph, F
dc.description.abstractThe fashion and textile manufacturing sectors are increasingly focusing on innovative raw materials that are renewable and biodegradable. Such materials not only mitigate environmental impacts but also prevent resource depletion. Bacterial cellulose (BC) has emerged as a prime candidate, derivable from a variety of natural ingredients such as tea and coffee in addition to a sugar source in presence of the bacterial microorganisms. Numerous studies have established the potential of BC in future fashion, and some brands have already started to utilise BC as a sustainable raw material. The applications of BC ranges from basic clothing and accessories to wearable electronics. This paper discusses the scope of BC in fashion and textiles, positioning it as a sustainable alternative to conventional materials. We present a comprehensive scoping review, covering the unique properties of BC, the factors influencing its production, and its applications in textile, clothing, and footwear over the past decade. The advantages of BC in fashion are manifold: zero-waste manufacturing, reliance on renewable sources, diminished environmental pollution, and biodegradability. Furthermore, the use of BC aligns with United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 6, 7, 12, 13 and 15. However, there exist challenges pertaining to production costs, scalability, and quality, in addition to the imperative of harnessing food waste streams instead of contending for human food resources. Addressing these challenges is vital to cement BC’s position as a pivotal sustainable material in future fashion.
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Materials Science, ISSN: 0022-2461 (Print); 1573-4803 (Online), Springer Science and Business Media LLC, 1-26. doi: 10.1007/s10853-024-09577-6
dc.publisherSpringer Science and Business Media LLC
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dc.subject40 Engineering
dc.subject34 Chemical Sciences
dc.subject12 Responsible Consumption and Production
dc.subject13 Climate Action
dc.subject03 Chemical Sciences
dc.subject09 Engineering
dc.subject34 Chemical sciences
dc.subject40 Engineering
dc.titlePotential of Bacterial Cellulose for Sustainable Fashion and Textile Applications: A Review
dc.typeJournal Article
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