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Volume 4 Issue 8, August 2021

Volume 4 Issue 8

High-performance textiles from plastics

As a major polluter, the fashion industry would benefit from the development of sustainable textiles. Boriskina and colleagues engineer plastic waste into wearable fabrics with combined low environmental impact and advanced functionalities such as moisture wicking, stain resistance and recyclability.

See Alberghini et al.

Image: Felice Frankel(textile background) and IevgeniiaPidgorna / Alamy Stock Photo (foreground bottle). Cover Design:Valentina Monaco.


  • Editorial |

    Rain and drought have seized the world’s attention, showing the importance of water studies for society. But what if the field is not pursuing the most critical research?

Comment & Opinion

  • Q&A |

    Awaiting the Fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to be held in China late in 2021, Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, Executive Secretary to the CBD, talks to Nature Sustainability about the challenges of stepping up efforts to address biodiversity decline.

    • Monica Contestabile

News & Views

  • News & Views |

    Expanding renewable energy sources in remote rural Alaska villages promises to improve sustainability and resilience. What happens to the food–energy–water nexus when critical resources are abundant public goods?

    • James Magdanz



  • Article |

    While the food–energy–water nexus has become a focal point for inter- and cross-disciplinary studies in recent years, this analysis of rural communities contextualizes how effective the nexus is for describing and studying interactions.

    • Henry P. Huntington
    • Jennifer I. Schmidt
    • Michelle Wilber
  • Article |

    A valuation of the flood risk reduction services of coral habitats to people, property, economies and infrastructure in the United States finds that these benefits exceed US$1.8 billion annually.

    • Borja G. Reguero
    • Curt D. Storlazzi
    • Michael W. Beck
  • Article |

    Freshwater salinization syndrome is an emerging threat to freshwater globally. Here the authors quantify the contribution of indirect potable reuse to sodium pollution and suggest a variety of behavioural and technological interventions to address this growing environmental problem.

    • Shantanu V. Bhide
    • Stanley B. Grant
    • Todd Schenk
  • Article |

    The oceans contain 1,000 times more uranium than terrestrial resources, which could contribute to the sustainability of nuclear power. Here the authors report a polymeric adsorbent that can capture uranium from seawater selectively with an extraction capacity of 7.12 mg g–1. It is even resistant against biofouling and can be reused.

    • Yihui Yuan
    • Qiuhan Yu
    • Ning Wang
  • Article |

    The textile industry is one of the largest polluters. Here the authors show that polyethylene is a sustainable alternative textile with water wicking and fast-drying performance. The fabrication of polyethylene fabrics is compatible with standard equipment and could be dry-coloured, further reducing water consumption.

    • Matteo Alberghini
    • Seongdon Hong
    • Svetlana V. Boriskina
  • Article |

    The electroreduction of CO2 provides a sustainable pathway to value-added fuels and chemicals. Here the authors show a cascade reaction that yields methylamine from CO2 and nitrate. With detailed insight into the multistep catalytic process, the current findings further push the boundaries of this technology.

    • Yueshen Wu
    • Zhan Jiang
    • Hailiang Wang
  • Analysis |

    An analysis of national economies’ unequal exposure to biocapacity constraints and purchasing power reveals how increasing demand of natural resources can lead to inescapable poverty traps.

    • Mathis Wackernagel
    • Laurel Hanscom
    • Peter Raven


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