Textile and Apparel Science

Bacterial Cellulose Yarns: Standard Versus Cost Efficient Media

  • Jennifer Harmon (University of Wyoming)


Cellulose is present in many fibers used to produce textiles. Growing and processing the material into usable textiles requires resources such as land, water, pesticides and chemicals. In contrast, bacterial cellulose (BC) requires little land, no pesticides and less water to produce. BC is limited for use in apparel due to the non woven construction of its growth. The current research investigates the properties of BC twisted and flat yarns grown from Molasses Mannitol media in comparison to the more expensive laboratory standard Hestrin Schramm media. After processing, half of the samples had twist adding manually and half were dried flat. Molasses mannitol performed more poorly in most conditions in terms of strength and tenacity but had comparable or better performance in extension.

Keywords: Bacterial Cellulose, Yarns, Molasses, Cost

How to Cite:

Harmon, J., (2019) “Bacterial Cellulose Yarns: Standard Versus Cost Efficient Media”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 76(1). doi: https://doi.org/10.31274/itaa.8788

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Published on
15 Dec 2019