Enzymes could bring a welcome change to Scottish textiles industry

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A novel research project is being supported by the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC) and the University of Edinburgh to investigate ways to make naturally thick, coarse Scottish sheep fleece more suitable for use in clothing and other textile products.

Sustainable weaver and zero-waste clothing maker, Prickly Thistle Scotland is working with Johnstons of Elgin, a luxury woollen mill, to see if natural, eco-friendly Scottish wool fibres can be used more widely in the Scottish textiles industry. Chemistry researchers aim to develop a treatment for wool that involves enzymes that naturally decompose wool to make the wool fibres thinner and therefore softer.

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