Cornell Chronicle: Team develops machine with aim of ending textile waste

The average American goes through roughly 70 pounds of clothing each year, creating approximately 21 billion pounds of clothing sent to landfills – five percent of all landfill waste, according to the Council for Textile Recycling.

A multidisciplinary Cornell design and research team, assembled to tackle the environmental problem of post-consumer textile waste, has developed a unique fabric-shredding machine in hopes of a zero-waste solution for the textile industry…….

From left, Emelie Camera ’17; Anil Netravali, the Jean and Douglas McLean Professor in Fiber Science and Apparel Design; Tasha Lewis, assistant professor of fiber science and apparel design; and graduate student Schuyler Duffy with the Fiberizer v.2.

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