The Fabric Interlace


  • Sayali Tarnekar
  • RMIT University


The Fabric Interlace is a service system anticipated to tackle the issue of growing textile waste in Australia. It is a proposal for creating composite insulation panels using shredded post-consumer textile waste combined with a bio-epoxy resin from industrial by-products. The modular panel system is an ideal solution for increasing energy efficiency of low-cost container houses in Australia, by providing thermal and acoustic insulation. Discarding use of virgin-materials and local production unit contribute in making the material extremely cost-efficient with an aesthetic coloured finish.

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This project identifies the application of post-consumer textile waste as a raw material into the construction industry. The material value of textiles is utilised to its full potential through the use of insulation panels for container housing projects in Victoria. A system is proposed for the collection and segregation of raw material through neighbourhood collection bins, and a local processing unit for the low-cost manufacture of modular insulation panels. Denim waste is taken as a start for the design process considering blue colour finish.


This project aims at creating a new insulation material from post-consumer textile waste to improve the energy efficiency of building envelopes, especially shipping container homes to introduce a low-cost, sustainable, modular and low maintenance material with a natural fabric finish. The system is based on the principle of circular economy, where the material can be easily recycled making it a closed loop cycle and impacting textile waste landfill. Also, local material sourcing with production unit can generate employment opportunities and reduce transportation cost significantly.


The Fabric Interlace addresses the growing concern of textile waste in Australia, and recognises gaps in the waste management of this sector. Using post-consumer textile waste as a raw material resource in the construction industry is a closed loop system, with an aim to boost local production and manufacturing low-cost high-quality insulation panels to improve energy efficiency of buildings in Victoria. The modular system also makes the installation process fast and cost-effective. This circular economy system will not only prevent textile waste from ending in landfill but provide an innovative recyclable insulation material in the construction sector.


The current system for producing, distributing, and using clothing operates on a predominantly take-make-dispose model, linear in nature. In a global scenario, more than 150 million tonnes of clothing would be landfilled or incinerated in 2050 and Australia currently ranks #2 in the world for textile disposal. The value of these textiles is underutilised and the project introduces circularity in the system to use the complete potential of this waste as a resource for insulation panels.

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