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Sustainability through textile recycling
Textile value chain is one of the worst solid waste generator and liquid effluent discharger. Polyester is the largest consumed textile fibre and owing to its non-biodegradability poses major eco concern. Recycling provides feasible option of reduction at source and consumption of waste, say Dr Ashok Athalye and Aakriti Mohanty.
Radical change to happen in global textile recycling
According to the ‘Circular Textiles For A Sustainable Future’, from PCIAW and Business in the Community (BITC), that guides the government-backed Textiles 2030 initiative, there would be a massive cut in textile waste.
Machine at H&M store converts old clothes into new
The award-winning in-store recycling machine, Looop, first cleans the old material, followed by shredding and spinning it into yarn which is used to knit a new product. Looop is the winner of the Fast Company’s 2021 World Changing Ideas Awards.
Nouryon to help Renewcell build textile recycling unit
Nouryon will provide specialty engineering and chemical solutions for Renewcell’s new recycling plant located in Sweden. This new plant aims to prevent millions of garments ending up in landfills every year.
LYCRA, ITOCHU launch fibres made from recycled waste
LYCRA and ITOCHU will jointly produce the textile waste versions of COOLMAX and THERMOLITE. The EcoMade fibres will be made of textile waste transformed into fibres through a unique depolymerisation and refining process.
Brands do not want to compromise on style when shifting to circular materials
Infinited Fiber Company is a Finnish biotech founded in 2016 to commercialise a breakthrough recycling technology that can turn cellulose-rich raw materials – like cotton-rich textile waste, used cardboard, or wheat or rice straw – into high-quality textile fibres with the look and feel of cotton. The patented technology has been validated by leading brands and is ready to be scaled. Infinited Fiber Company won the Europas 2020 Hottest Sustainability Tech Award, and was listed on the Global 50 to Watch by Cleantech Group in 2019. Petri Alava, CEO & Co-founder, Infinited Fiber Company sheds light on why conscious clothing is becoming a popular choice, the growing market for regenerated fibres and more.
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