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Cotton waste gains prominence as new age raw material
Aug '12
Cotton waste, a by-product of cotton textile industry, has today become an item of significant importance and is being widely used as a raw material in the recycled textile industry.
About two decades ago, cotton waste was considered as a very low-priced raw material for exports.  But, off late, it has gained the status of a vital raw material for producing different value-added products, according to a leading Pakistani company in the field of processing cotton waste.
Citing the reasons for the growing demand for cotton waste worldwide, Mr. Mahmood J Ihsan, chief executive of the Ihsan Group in Pakistan, in an interview with Fibre2fashion, said, “The awareness of the concept ‘Not To Let Anything Go Waste’ and tremendous increase in global competition and challenges have played a vital role in the enhanced use or demand of cotton waste.”
“The shift in the utilization of cotton waste has increased its demand and price locally and globally, and this has prompted the textiles mills to become much more inclined to set up in-house recycling plants to process cotton wastes of different stages and further export or sell the finished product at a good price,” Mr Ihsan says.
Further, talking about the various applications and uses of cotton waste, he tells, “Recycled cotton and cotton waste has become an important raw material for the production of different kinds of medical or hospital products, such as mops, towels, dishcloth, knitted seamless working and fashion gloves.”
 “Nonwoven fabric, which is produced from recycled cotton or cotton waste, has a huge demand in the international markets, and  is being used to manufacture cosmetic pads, gauze, dry and wet wipes, baby wipes, sanitary napkins, panty liners, nappy liners, swabs, face mask, disposable mops and dusters,” he quips.
He further adds, “The demand is constantly increasing due to the increase in world population and the trend of utilizing cotton waste to produce various items for personal and health care. In fact, cotton waste, after being reprocessed according to international health standards, is widely used in hospitals.”
When quizzed about the major as well as emerging markets for the recycled textile products, he avers, “Currently we are exporting recycled cotton textile products to more than 150 customers in 90 different countries across the world. The US, Europe and the UK are the major markets for these products. Countries like China and Australia, as well as the South American nations are the emerging markets for recycled cotton and its products.”

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