The University of Huddersfield has collaborated with UK textiles firm Camira to investigate natural solutions to produce fire resistant fabrics with a more sustainable manufacturing process. Collaborating with Future Fashion Factory, the company is moving towards a new finish that meets the same performance standards with a much smaller environmental impact.
The finish reduces water, energy and chemical usage for more efficient and sustainable manufacturing, according to a press release from the university.
Camira’s wool/bast fibre fabrics have a natural inherent flame retardancy offering a sustainable solution for some sectors, but for other wool fabrics, which require chemical flame retardant treatments, the industry is in need of a more sustainable solution.
Camira is currently investigating commercial sources of natural chemicals that will enable them to scale up and commercialise the new technique. The novel approach could be applicable in markets that are still closed to the company, creating new opportunities worldwide. Bringing an innovative solution to market could even give Camira a new revenue stream.