Circular economy in practice - reducing textile waste

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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.

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Resyntex in the report on the implementation of the Circular Economy Action Plan

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  • Joan Santamaria... | Wed, 14/02/2018 - 19:39
    We use textile waste to produce our yarns

    We use textile waste to produce our yarns but only small buyers are very intersted in our yarns, we need great buyers, retail companies, to alive. I would like to introduce you to our company at Hilaturas Arnau in Barcelona, Spain.
    We are a growing company with a 60-year history of proven expertise in the textile industry.
    We have produced many different types of carded spinning yarns composed of several recycled fibers such as wool, polyester or PET, nylon, silk, cotton, viscose and a variety of others .
    We can produce yarns manufactured from the mixture of recycled PET, whose origin is terrestrial and maritime Waste, and recycled natural fibers such as cotton, linen, wool or others.

    We are a capable of using waste or recycled fibres from :
    -Other spinnings in our machines—minimizings costs
    -Pieces of clothing fabrics (crushed)
    -Post-consumption clothes (crushed)

    We collaborate with our clients to take materials that they choose, and convert them to a product that will both ensure high quality, minimal waste, and maximum savings

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