Less than 1% of non-wearable textiles are currently turned back into new ones owing to the ‘shortcomings’ of existing recycling methods. But UK firm Worn Again Technologies is confident this is about to change.
Worn Again Technologies has advanced industry efforts to replace the use of virgin materials in textiles with the commissioning of its first pilot-scale facility. The innovative site can separate, decontaminate and subsequently extract polyester and cellulose from mixed fabric waste.
The step up from the laboratory to the new pilot scale facility is hailed as a milestone. It allows the company to enhance its production process prior to further scaling up while testing both recycled PET and cellulosic pulp together with its R&D partners.
‘The new pilot plant brings us much closer to commercialisation of our technology and its location at the Centre for Process Innovation in Wilton gives us access to world leading chemical engineering expertise for which this region is noted,’ comments company founder Cyndi Rhoades.
Worn Again Technologies was established in 2005. It developed a patented process that ensures its dual PET and cellulose outputs extracted from textiles and bottles will have economic competitiveness to virgin resources whilst guaranteeing virgin-equivalent quality.
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