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Fabrics are degraded into fibers and glucose syrup

Mar 21, 2023

Researchers Separate Cotton From Polyester In Blended Fabric

NC State researchers found they could separate blended cotton and polyester fabric using enzymes. 

Emma Myer-Medina (left) and Januka Budhathoki-Uprety (right) work at a lab bench examining liquid in vials. Emma is using a pipette to add liquid into the vial. Both wear face masks, gloves, protective eyewear and lab coats.

Jan 24, 2023

Undergraduates Contribute to Textile Research in Sustainability, Health through Summer REU Program

The Research Experience for Undergraduates offers paid research opportunities at NC State’s Wilson College of Textiles. 

Three students sit at a desk, all looking at Barry Brady, who stands in front of a monitor, partially in view, that reads “Identification, Impact”. The classroom walls are blue and the students sit on yellow chairs.

Jan 19, 2023

Faculty-created Seminar Highlights “Real-World” Sustainability in Textiles Industry

Professor Karen Leonas brings five industry professionals to the Wilson College of Textiles to share knowledge and innovation about sustainability in the field. 

Two students work at a table in the Senior Design Lab. Textile samples are on the table they are working at, and the PPE suit they are working to improve is visible hanging on a whiteboard behind them.

Jan 17, 2023

Wilson College of Textiles Students Develop More Sustainable PPE

A group of NC State University seniors partnered with Pine Bluff Arsenal to choose a new material for coveralls worn by members of the U.S. Army. 

Textile Recycling Bin

Dec 22, 2022

Serving Sustainability with NC State Volleyball

NC State Athletics’ Sustainable Wolfpack initiative teams up for sustainable win. 

Two students dancing in colorful outfits.

Dec 1, 2022

NC State and Under Armour Partnership Takes Innovation to the Next Level

Under Armour and NC State have launched a new partnership that will support student development, commercialize research, and advance textile and materials innovation across the apparel, footwear and accessories industry. 

A photo of two bins placed next to each other in the corner of a Wilson College of Textiles bathroom. One is a waste bin and is gray. One (right) is a green bin and is for composting. Both have signage above them explaining what items to place in each type of bin.

Nov 30, 2022

Wilson College of Textiles to Implement Compost Bins Throughout College

As a part of NC State’s goal to become a Zero Waste Workplace, an initiative by alumna Rosemary Edberg aims to divert substantial waste from landfills through composting. 

Four people stand in front of a PCIAW "step and repeat" backdrop. Daniel Weipsfenning stands center left holding the award plaque. Center right stands the model wearing the suit Daniel designed.

Nov 17, 2022

Wilson College Ph.D. Student Designs New Survival Suit to Reduce Drowning Risk of Commercial Fishermen

Read how he created the award-winning suit that's both safer and more sustainable. 

Student holds a woven bookmark she designed. She stands outside the Wilson College of Textiles in the graduate commons.

Nov 14, 2022

Wilson College Introduces 2022 Bookmarks, Begins Accepting Entries for 2023 Competition

Faculty, staff, students and alumni submit designs for the woven bookmark each year to continue a decades-long tradition. 

Portrait of Yang Zhang (left) in blue lab coat (in focus) with lab equipment and neon dyes in beakers (right, out of focus)

Oct 18, 2022

New Wilson College Faculty Member Yang Zhang Seeks Practical Applications for His Research

The assistant professor views his chemistry expertise as a tool to create a better world and a more sustainable textile industry.