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Taiwanese company creates antibacterial textile from food wastes

Taiwan-based textile manufacturer Lily Textile used the ongoing Taipei Innovative Textile Application Show (October 17-19) to present Green Defence, an antibacterial textile made using cinnamon and almond waste.

The material is created by blending cinnamon and almond extract, which both have natural antibacterial properties, with polyester or nylon. The polymerisation process takes place at a temperature of more than 480 degrees Fahrenheit.

Craig Su, a senior sales representative at Lily, told that by blending the almond and cinnamon waste into the material rather than adding an antibacterial finish afterwards means it can be washed as often as required without fear of leaching. The process also involves no heavy metal compounds.

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