Valorisation of textile waste by fungal solid state fermentation : An example of circular waste-based biorefinery

Research output: Journal Publications and ReviewsRGC 21 - Publication in refereed journalpeer-review

85 Scopus Citations
View graph of relations


  • Chenyu Du
  • Shao-Yuan Leu
  • Houde Jing

Related Research Unit(s)


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-35
Journal / PublicationResources, Conservation and Recycling
Online published17 Oct 2017
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2018


This study investigated the feasibility of using textile waste as feedstock for cellulase production through solid state fermentation. Aspergillus niger CKB was selected with the highest cellulase activity (0.43 ± 0.01 FPU g−1) after 7 days of cultivation on pure cotton. Material modification techniques including autoclaving, alkali pretreatment and milling were applied on six types of textiles with various cotton/polyester blending ratios. The results indicated that using autoclaved textile blending cotton/polyester of 80/20 led to the highest cellulase activity (1.18 ± 0.05 FPU g−1) with CMCase, β-glucosidase and avicelase activities of 12.19 ± 0.56 U g−1, 1731 ± 4.98 U g−1 and 2.58 ± 0.07 U g−1, respectively. The fungal cellulase was then extracted and applied to textile waste hydrolysis, in which a sugar recovery yield of 70.2% was obtained. The present study demonstrates a novel circular textile waste-based biorefinery strategy with recovery of glucose and polyester as value-added products.

Research Area(s)

  • Aspergillus niger, Cellulose hydrolysis, Circular textile, Fungal cellulase, Solid state fermentation, Textile waste recycling