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Circular economy in practice - reducing textile waste

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Update time : 2019-06-12 15:49:47
The EU textile industry generates waste estimated at 16 million tons per year. Much of this waste is thrown in landfills or incinerated, with a high environmental impact and at great cost. Valuable resources held within the waste are also lost.

RESYNTEX aims to change this with their innovative pilot project - a textile recycling plant - which recycles 500 tons of waste per year. It transforms textile waste into secondary raw materials, creating circularity and reducing environmental impact.
 
Innovative approach – Chemical Recycling

The project also aims to extract resources and chemicals from the textile waste and recycle them as well. It proposes innovative technologies covering the whole textile value chain, where the sorted textile waste is chemically treated to extract resources such as protein-based fibres to be used for producing wood panel adhesives; and cellulosic fibres for the production of bioethanol. Polyamid (PA) and polyester (PET) recovery is also carried out to produce new chemicals and plastic bottles.