Scientists have turned polythene into fabrics in order to reduce pollution by Plastic Bags and improvise the fashion industry. This study was published in Nature Sustainability. The fabrics are manufactured in such a way they allow the water to escape rather than repelling it.
These fabrics made out of Plastic Bags are less damaging to the environment than other materials like wool, cotton, linen, silk, nylon, and polyester. These fabrics can be washed in cold water. They can reduce environmental footprint. These fabrics can be dyed to different colors.
Environmentalists have estimated that by 2050, there will be more plastic in the oceans than the number of fish. There will be eight million tons of plastic entering the oceans every year. Studies further suggest that plastics can cause cancers, birthing defects, and impaired immunity. Animals die from choking when they eat plastic bags. Their digestive processes cause bloating and lead to the death of the animal.
In Agriculture, plastics could potentially affect the growth of crops and even spoil the process of photosynthesis in agricultural fields. Botswana is a small country with six main plastic manufacturers that produce well over 30.5 million plastics annually for export and 204.5 million annually for local use. The country also imports about 1 512 528 million plastics annually.
The fabrics can reduce the amount of Plastic Bags. Washing and drying clothes consumes more energy and water than the production phase.