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Blend Re:wind to now recycle both cotton and polyester
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Nov '17
Courtesy: Mistra Future Fashion
Courtesy: Mistra Future Fashion
Now, Blend Re:wind by Mistra Future Fashion will recycle both cotton and polyester. The project will focus on chemical recycling of polyester/cotton (polycotton) fibre blends with the objective to separate and generate relevant outputs for future industrial use; polyester monomers and a cotton pulp suitable for regeneration into cellulosic textile fibres.

Blend Re:wind was initiated in 2011 and has been developed in the Swedish Mistra Future Fashion by the Chalmers University of Technology, Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE) and the international forest industry group Södra.

This is an important milestone towards the future of global textile recycling systems necessary to enable circularity for fashion and textiles. It is a result from six years of research within Mistra Future Fashion and plays an important role in future global textile recycling systems.

”Our separation process, Blend Re:wind, is developed having existing industrial processes in mind, and our aim is to integrate as much as possible to minimise both environmental and economic costs, while boosting businesses. Scaling up from lab scale is the biggest challenge at the moment, and it is also costly. The integration possibilities of the Blend Re:wind process would however address these challenges in feasible way," said Dr Hanna de la Motte, theme leader Mistra Future Fashion, research scientist at RISE within cellulose chemistry and textile recycling, and internationally recognised expert.

"There are many brilliant recycling innovations in progress globally at the moment, highly needed for successful future recycling systems. Different processes will most probably be needed and we hope that Blend Re:wind is one of these on the global market in the future," added Motte.

The Blend Re:wind process includes high quality of the recycled filaments, complete recycling of polycotton blends with pure product streams at high yield, good feasibility with existing industry processes and strong environmental performance. (RR)

Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India


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