Sustainability meets digitalization - The bedroom of the future
Whether worn directly on the body, e.g. as nightwear, directly touching, e.g. bed linen or as interior decoration, textiles have a direct influence on our sleep. The Institute for Textile Technology at RWTH Aachen University has developed a wide range of solutions for sleep applications and digital services in a variety of research projects. Smart textiles offer a great opportunity to create added value for sleep products by extending the functionality of textiles. With the help of sensor technology, heat regulation, acoustics etc... comfort can be increased or medical applications can be supported.
Not only is digitalisation making its way into the bedroom, but sustainable textiles are also being introduced - so that we can make a contribution to sustainability while we sleep.
The production figures of synthetic fibres are constantly increasing compared to natural fibres. To date, 98 percent of these plastics consist of crude oil and only 2 percent of renewable raw materials. However, the production of plastics from crude oil goes hand in hand with ecological, social and economic problems of all kinds. For this reason, it is high time for a comprehensive change of direction.
This change of direction is currently being prevented by technical, economic and social challenges. In combination with a lack of social awareness, there is a need to change the textile value chain from petroleum-based to bio-based.
Sustainability and digitalisation will thus find their way together into the bedroom of the future.