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Rudolf Group transforms PET waste into textile

Jun 17, 2021
Rudolf Group transforms PET waste into textile


According to Dirk Sielemann, R&D director, Rudolf Group, recycled PET bottles, in the form of washed flakes, can be the raw material for the manufacturing of some of the textile auxiliaries. Cycle-Logic is a new brand and product family within Rudolf Group’s collection of chemical solutions that transforms polyethylene terephthalate (PET) into textile chemistry and offers a new life for plastic that would otherwise end up in a landfill.

Gunther Duschek, Managing Director, Rudolf Group, said that, the company contributes by developing innovative technologies and products that promote the recycling of plastics.

Through the process of chemical recycling, which breaks down plastic polymers into their basic building blocks for re-use, the chemical company transformed post-consumer, disposable and non-returnable plastics into raw materials. Plastic flakes are sourced locally from plastic intended to be turned into bottles.

Cycle-Logic consists of three chemical auxiliaries for textiles, including innovations for denim washing, polyester moisture management and polymer dyeing. Rucogen Upcycle RNB is the company’s dispersing agent for indigo washing based on post-consumer, recycled PET bottles. It prevents back staining and improves denim finishing.

Feran Upcycle ICT is the group’s recycled PET solution for performance polyester textiles, which achieves fast absorption and wicking. Rucolin Upcycle SDS is an all-in-one, multi-functional, high-affinity polymer dyeing auxiliary based on PET bottles, ideal for dyeing synthetic fibres.

Rudolf Group has a history of creatively sourcing textile chemistry. Looking ahead for its Cycle-Logic product, the company intends on gathering the plastics polluting the environment, including plastics that cannot be recycled as a result of their colouring or other contraindication.

Source: Sourcing Journal

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