PhatherTex: Biobased and biodegradable textiles from bioplastics and feathers – step 1

The project ran between November 2018 and May 2019. 

Current production methods and sources of raw materials make the textile industry unsustainable. At the same time, 3-5 million tons of feather waste is produced each year, most of which goes to landfills. Through this project, we explored the possibility to create a compound between biologically hydrolysed feather and biobased and biodegradable polymers (PHAs), to be used as new materials for a sustainable textiles production. These textiles would be completely biobased and biodegradable, and also carbon neutral.

Through the project, the hypothesis was validated. In other words, we have shown the feasibility to produce textiles from a combination of PHAs and keratin microfibers from plastic.


Bioextrax, Borås universitet, Perstorp and Tretorn.


The project’s budget was 867 400 SEK.

Read about Biobased and biodegradable polymer foam from bioplastics and feathers – Step 2.