2018, VOL. 4 ISSUE 2, PART C
Sustainable design approach for technical textiles
Author(s): Mohaddesa Dehghani
Smart and interactive textiles are fibrous structures that are capable of sensing, actuating, generating/storing power and/or communicating. Research and development towards wearable textile-based personal systems allowing e.g. health monitoring, protection & safety, and healthy lifestyle gained strong interest during the last 10 years. The term ‘smart’ has been used to describe functional textiles with engineered properties. This includes anything from curtains that light up in the dark to odorless socks or concrete reinforcements. Smart textile and integrated wearable electronics can be used for sportswear, industrial purpose, automotive & entertainment applications, healthcare & safety, military, public sectors, and new developments in smart textiles. New, sophisticated smart textiles, will be able to sense, transmit signals, process data or control the behavior of the textile. Various new materials will be introduced such as shape memory materials, to adjust the texture of fabrics depending on temperature change or phase change materials, to create a cooling effect or store excess heat. As the technology is becoming more flexible these could ultimately be integrated into a common textile substrate-our clothes, becoming truly portable devices. Smart textiles should be introduced as a potential development to make the textile world more sustainable. To improve the product’s lifetime, it is important that the product represents more than its functionality, which can be accomplished through its design. This paper discusses the difference between ordinary sustainable methods based on saving energy and resources and methods that tackle excessive consumption, such as user involved design, closing the loop, minimizing waste by re-collection, convertible smart textiles, eliminating waste, etc. to enhance product durability. To improve the product’s lifetime, it is important that the product represents more than its functionality, which can be accomplished through its design.
How to cite this article:
Mohaddesa Dehghani. Sustainable design approach for technical textiles. International Journal of Home Science. 2018; 4(2): 157-161.