1st Edition

Microfibre Pollution from Textiles Research Advances and Mitigation Strategies

Edited By R. Rathinamoorthy, S. Raja Balasaraswathi Copyright 2024
    468 Pages 84 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    468 Pages 84 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Textile materials shed microfibres during different phases of their life cycle. While much attention has been paid to the impact of microplastics on the environment, there has been less focus on the impact of microfibre pollution, which also poses a serious environmental threat. Microfibre Pollution from Textiles: Research Advances and Mitigation Strategies shines a light on the hidden effects of textile microfibre pollution and examines its generation in manufacturing, use including laundering, and disposal. It details advancements and gaps in the quantification and characterization techniques that are emerging in the growing field of study of microfibre pollution in textile technology.

    The book

    • Examines the contributions of the textile and fashion industries to microfibre pollution, from production to disposal
    • Reviews recently developed methods and technological advancements in the identification and quantification of microfibres from textiles
    • Addresses emerging sustainable mitigation strategies and sustainable textile production methods that can potentially reduce or eliminate microfibre shedding
    • Details the state-of-the-art on existing regulations and standards and provides scope for future research in the area of standard development

    By bridging the gap between environmental and textile studies, this book is aimed at researchers and advanced students in textile and environmental science and engineering.

    Section One – Microfibre Pollution in the Textile and Fashion Industry


    Chapter One – An Introduction to Microfiber Pollution

    R. Rathinamoorthy and S. Raja Balasaraswathi


    Chapter Two – Impact of Artificial Ageing on Microfibre Release from Polyester Textiles

    Tihana Dekanić, Ana Šaravanja, Tanja Pušić, and Julija Volmajer Valh


    Chapter Three – Factors Influencing Microfiber Emission from Textiles and Methods for Quantifying Microfiber Release during Laundry Processes

    Fatemeh Mashhadi Abolghaem, Juhea Kim, and Juran Kim


    Chapter Four – Characterization and Identification of Microfiber Particles Released in the Washing Process

    Mirjana Čurlin, Tanja Pušić and Branka Vojnović


    Chapter Five – Microfibres from Textile Industry Effluents

    Carmen K.M. Chan, James K.H. Fang and C.W. Kan


    Chapter Six – Microfiber Contribution from Drying Clothes Is Critical in Estimating Total Microfiber Emissions from Textiles

    Kirsten J. Kapp and Rachael Z. Miller


    Chapter Seven – Microfibers Pollution Associated with Disposable PPE Products Driven by the COVID-19 Pandemic and Its Environmental Repercussions

    A.D. Forero López, G.E. De-la-Torre, M.D. Fernández Severini, G.N. Rimondino and C.V. Spetter


    Section Two – Sources of Microfiber Pollution and Analytical Tools

    Chapter Eight – Quantifying Microfibre Release from Textiles during Domestic Laundering: Challenges and Progress

    A. Hazlehurst, M. Sumner and M. Taylor


    Chapter Nine – Forensic Textile and Fibre Examinations for the Purposes of Improved Recovery, Analysis and Interpretation of Microplastic Pollution

    Claire Gwinnett


    Chapter Ten – Dynamic Image Analysis for Determination of Textile Fibers

    Edith Classen and Jasmin Jung


    Section Three – Impact of Microfibre Pollution


    Chapter Eleven – The Occurrence of Natural and Synthetic Fibers in the Marine Environment

    Giuseppe Suaria


    Chapter Twelve – Dynamics of Microfibers Discharged into the Urban and Suburban Environment

    Satoshi Nakao and Tetsuji Okuda


    Chapter Thirteen – Indoor Microplastics and Microfibers: Sources and Impacts on Human Health

    Mansoor Ahmad Bhat


    Chapter Fourteen – Microfiber Pollution: Pathways to Health Impact

    Disha Katyal


    Section Four – Potential Mitigation Strategies and Awareness


    Chapter Fifteen – Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration Challenging Microfibre Fragmentation in the Fashion and Textile Industries

    Alana M. James, Nkumbu Mutambo, Miranda Prendergast-Miller, Kelly J. Sheridan and Abbie Rogers


    Chapter Sixteen – Mitigation Strategies for Microfiber Pollution

    Erika Iveth Cedillo-González


    Chapter Seventeen – Together We Go Further and Faster: A Review of Existing Policy Plans for Microfibre Pollution

    Songyi Yan

    Chapter Eighteen – Sustainable Approaches in Textile Finishing to Control Microfiber Releases

    Aravin Prince Periyasamy


    Chapter Nineteen – Microfiber from Textiles – The New Task of Standardization

    Edith Classen


    Chapter Twenty – Aligning the Textile Industry towards the Mitigation of Microfibre Pollution

    Kelly J. Sheridan, Anna Bateman, Elliot Bland E, Charline Ducas and Sophie Mather


    R. Rathinamoorthy is Associate Professor in the Department of Fashion Technology, PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore, India. He is one of the world's top 2% scientists as reported by Elsevier and Stanford University. His areas of research are biomaterials for textiles and environmental pollution control due to textiles.

    S. Raja Balasaraswathi has a Master’s degree in Fashion Technology from the National Institute of Fashion Technology, Bengaluru, India. She has conducted extensive research on microfiber pollution since 2019. She has published 17 research papers in international journals, has contributed 3 book chapters, and co-authored a book in the field of microfiber pollution.