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The Fabric Interlace

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  • Sayali Tarnekar
  • RMIT University

Description

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.

Key Features

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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