Opinion Article - Archives of Industrial Biotechnology (2023) Volume 7, Issue 2
Textiles in Industrial Biotechnology: A Revolution in Sustainable Fabric Production
Department of Biotechnology, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra, India
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- Sudesh Laxmanan
Department of Biotechnology
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Received: 01-Apr-2023, Manuscript No. AAAIB-23-106964; Editor assigned: 03-Apr-2023, PreQC No. AAAIB-23-106964(PQ); Reviewed: 17-Apr-2023, QC No. AAAIB-23-106964; Revised: 19-Apr-2023, Manuscript No. AAAIB-23-106964(R); Published: 26-Apr-2023, DOI:10.35841/aaaib-7.2.145
Citation: Panda R. Textiles in industrial biotechnology: A revolution in sustainable fabric production. J Arch Ind Biot. 2023;7(2):145
The textile industry, known for its immense scale and global impact, is undergoing a transformative shift towards sustainability. As consumers increasingly demand eco-friendly and socially responsible products, the integration of industrial biotechnology into textile manufacturing is emerging as a promising solution. This marriage of technology and nature has the potential to revolutionize fabric production, making it more sustainable, resource-efficient, and environmentally friendly .
Traditionally, textile manufacturing has relied heavily on petrochemical-based processes, which are associated with significant environmental pollution, resource depletion, and negative social impacts. However, industrial biotechnology offers an alternative pathway by utilizing biological systems, such as microorganisms or enzymes, to produce and process textile materials .
Production of sustainable fibres
One of the primary areas where industrial biotechnology is making its mark is in the production of sustainable fibres. Bio-based fibres, derived from renewable resources such as plants, algae, or agricultural waste, offer a viable alternative to petroleum-based synthetic fibres like polyester and nylon. For example, cellulose fibers obtained from sustainable sources such as bamboo or hemp can be processed into fabrics with comparable properties to conventional textiles. Furthermore, advancements in biotechnology have enabled the development of novel fibres with improved functionality and performance, such as moisture-wicking, antimicrobial, or flame-retardant properties .
The application of biotechnology extends beyond fibre production and into the realm of textile processing and finishing. Conventional textile processing involves the use of numerous chemicals, water-intensive treatments, and energyconsuming processes.
Reduce the use of harsh chemicals and hightemperature treatments
Industrial biotechnology offers sustainable alternatives by harnessing the power of enzymes to replace or reduce the use of harsh chemicals and high-temperature treatments. Enzymes can facilitate processes like desizing, scouring, bleaching, and dyeing, resulting in reduced water consumption, energy savings, and minimized environmental pollution.
Another area where industrial biotechnology is revolutionizing the textile industry is in the realm of bio-based dyes and pigments. Conventional textile dyeing processes are notorious for their significant water consumption, chemical usage, and the generation of hazardous waste. Biotechnology offers the possibility of developing natural dyes derived from plant extracts or microorganisms, which are renewable, non-toxic, and biodegradable. These bio-based dyes can provide vibrant colours and improved colourfastness while minimizing environmental impact and reducing the carbon footprint of the textile industry .
Sustainable and high-performance textile materials
Furthermore, industrial biotechnology plays a vital role in the development of sustainable and high-performance textile materials. Through genetic engineering, researchers can modify microorganisms to produce specific proteins or biomaterials with unique properties. This opens up opportunities for the production of bio-based alternatives to conventional materials, such as silk, wool, or leather. For instance, researchers have successfully engineered yeast to produce spider silk proteins, which possess exceptional strength and elasticity. These bioengineered materials have the potential to replace resourceintensive and environmentally harmful materials, reducing the industry's ecological footprint.
The integration of industrial biotechnology into textile manufacturing is not without its challenges. Scaling up biobased processes, ensuring cost-effectiveness, and addressing regulatory requirements are among the key hurdles that need to be overcome. Collaborations between researchers, textile manufacturers, and policymakers are crucial to drive innovation, investment, and the adoption of sustainable biotechnological solutions. Additionally, raising consumer awareness and demand for sustainable textiles is essential to encourage the industry's transition towards bio-based alternatives .
In conclusion, industrial biotechnology is paving the way for a sustainable and environmentally friendly future in textile manufacturing. By harnessing the power of biological systems, the industry can reduce its reliance on petrochemicals, conserve resources, minimize pollution, and enhance product performance. The use of bio-based fibres, enzymes in processing, natural dyes, and bioengineered materials are all promising avenues to explore. As the demand for sustainable textiles continues to grow, the integration of industrial biotechnology into the textile industry is poised to reshape the way fabrics are produced, promoting a more sustainable and socially responsible approach to fashion.
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