Pedagogy and Professional Development

"I Loved the Activity... A Great Way of Seeing on a Small Scale what can Happen in the Textile Fiber Recycling Process": University Student Perceptions of a Textile Recycling Activity

Authors
  • Jennifer Harmon (University of Wyoming)
  • Erin M. Irick (University of Wyoming)
  • Ayesha Siddika (University of Wyoming)

Abstract

In Chile's Atacama Desert,over 39,000 tons of discarded textiles create a makeshift dump,emblematic of the fashion industry's immense waste problem. Efforts to recycle textiles often involve mechanical or chemical processes but face challenges in quality and commercial viability. Reflecting on ancient paper-making, this study explores textile recycling's potential by transforming cotton fabric waste into paper through mechanical recycling. Student reflections reveal challenges in recycling textile fibers, highlighting difficulties and the time-consuming process. Despite concerns, students show interest in improving recycling and recognize corporate responsibility in this sphere. Their overall positive experience and gained knowledge underscore the value of experiential learning in understanding textile recycling challenges and solutions, despite the activity's time-intensive preparation. This hands-on approach effectively engages students and stimulates their interest in addressing textile waste issues.

Keywords: Experiential Learning, textile recycling, mechanical recycling, paper formation

How to Cite:

Harmon, J., Irick, E. M. & Siddika, A., (2024) “"I Loved the Activity... A Great Way of Seeing on a Small Scale what can Happen in the Textile Fiber Recycling Process": University Student Perceptions of a Textile Recycling Activity”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 80(1). doi: https://doi.org/10.31274/itaa.17587

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Published on
29 Jan 2024
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