Open Access Review Article

Biologically Plant-Based Pigments in Sustainable Innovations for Functional Textiles – The Role of Bioactive Plant Phytochemicals

Alka Madhukar Thakker* and Danmei Sun

School of Textiles and Design, Heriot-Watt University, UK

Corresponding Author

Received Date: March 29, 2021;  Published Date: June 01, 2021


The fossil-based emissions and effluents from the textile wet processing units have acute implications on the environment and human wellbeing. Therefore, a paradigm shift towards sustainable alternative materials and technology has become imperative. Thus, the overview herein emphasizes the sustainable chemistry that ubiquitously exists to propel ecological textile processing with herbal biomaterials. The review paper succinctly accentuates the efficient qualities of bioactive plant pigments for functional textiles. The paper also outlines the sustainable method of processing with plant phytochemicals. The eco-friendly herbal materials as an excellent example of Biomimicry is presented. Likewise, the multi-disciplinary research approach is discussed herein to refute global dilemmas and impel holistic ecological outcomes. The circular materials for the circular economy are detailed.

Keywords:Sustainable chemistry; Bioactive pigments; Herbal colors; Functional fabrics; Sustainable textiles

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