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Second life for Chinese basketball kits

China – The Teijin Group is supplying chemically-recycled polyester fibre to produce the kits worn by players in the China Basketball Association (CBA). After use, the uniforms can be recycled into polyester fibre of the same quality as conventional fibre thanks to the company’s closed-loop system.

The recycling will be carried out at a plant where operations are scheduled to start up in May next year. 

The uniforms containing so-called Eco Circle Fibers are produced by major Chinese sports clothing manufacturer Li Ning Co. and have been worn by CBA teams since the beginning of November.

The Teijin Group and Li Ning have been collaborating on Eco Circle since 2009 and both parties have signalled their intention to continue strengthening their partnership to support expanding recycling activities in China.

Teijin is a global, technology-driven group offering solutions in the areas of sustainable transportation, information and electronics, safety and protection, environment and energy, and healthcare. The group has some 150 companies and around 17 000 employees spread across 20 countries worldwide.

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