Breaking Boundaries: Introducing the World's First Biodegradable Acrylic Fiber for Sustainable Textile Solutions

Saal B
Mittwoch, 11.09.2024, 16:20 - 16:45 Uhr

Catalyzing sustainability in the textile industry, our breakthrough innovation introduces the world's first biodegradable acrylic fiber, revolutionizing traditional manufacturing processes. Achieving a notable 40% biodegradability within 540 days, our innovation addresses the pressing need for eco-friendly solutions in a sector grappling with massive textile waste accumulation. By prioritizing responsible production practices, we pave the way for a greener future, reducing emissions and waste generation across the value chain.

Selen Gökçe (AKSA Akrilik Kimya San. A.Ş.)
Acrylic fiber has a significant position in market due to its prominent properties such as lightweight, soft, and warm, with a wool-like feel. Its versatility extends to mimicking cotton fibers when utilized in short staple form. Despite its numerous advantages such as resistance to moths, oils, chemicals, and superior dye retention with excellent colorfastness, it does not have biodegradability properties. Considering the staggering volume of textile waste, a considerable portion of which ends up in landfills or incinerators, the development of biodegradable acrylic fiber emerges as a pivotal step towards enhancing the sustainability of AKSA fibers. With this awareness, we have produced the world's first biodegradable acrylic fiber by ensuring the degradability of the fiber in landfill facilities, with our notable 40% biodegradability result in 540 days according to the ASTM D 5511 standard verified by an accredited laboratory. We consider it among our responsibilities to play a "facilitating" role in reducing the emissions of our customers and stakeholders throughout the value chain in terms of waste generation and waste disposal. Furthermore, this initiative underscores the transformative potential of sustainable innovation and responsible production practices in curtailing Scope 3 emissions.