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Greening the fashion industry: researchers unlock sustainable plant-based nylon production

Exciting breakthroughs in nylon production are on the horizon! Researchers have developed a sustainable method, reported in Green Chemistry, to create nylon’s key component from plant-based sources. By substituting fossil-based phenol with bio-based phenols from lignin waste, they dramatically cut energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.

Using a low-energy chemical process and bacterial transformation, the team achieves a 57% yield from lignin-derived phenols to adipic acid, a vital nylon ingredient. Though it’s still early-stage, partnerships with academia and industry offer hope for scaling up production. Soon, we could see a greener and more eco-friendly future for nylon manufacturing.

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