In World 130 only man-made fibres from scraps (polymers extracted from agricultural and food-production leftovers) recyclable or biodegradable are produced. All clothing is form-knitted and constructed to enable individual fit and functionality, generating nearly no waste material in production. The philosophy is use and re-knit/reuse & recycle/biodegrade.
As WW2 with its high demand on petrochemicals for their energy use and goods production (plastic fibre included) never happened – leaving the petrochemical industry just a small production branch. Instead in 1930s we continued to further develop industrial production focused on closed loop material and energy flows and efficient production technologies.
What if …
all the textile fibres used are man-made biopolymers – recyclable or biodegradable?
textile waste incinerated or on landfills
Anton Jaumann’s 1938 book on textiles & fashion (Textilkunde) stating all sorts of alternative man-made textile fibres made from polysaccharides (e.g. starch, cellulose, chitosan and alginate) or proteins (e.g. casein, soy protein, gluten, and gelatin) and the recent revival of their research and production-scaling
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