SAYA Rscuw Project awarded for innovation in reducing textile waste

April 1st, 2021

A magnified illustration of fabric woven of Rscuw Raw Fiber. Photo: SAYA. The SAYA Rscuw (Recycled Scrap and Cutting Waste) Project is addressing one of the largest areas of hidden waste in the textile industry: cutting scrap and overstock fabrics. Cutting scrap amounts to 25% wastage per yard, with fabric overruns amounting to 8.7 million […]

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New technology for textile recycling underway

April 1st, 2021

Swiss fluid engineering company Sulzer announced that its partnership with H&M Group and Worn Again Technologies is developing technology for closed-loop recycling of textiles. Because of the complexity of garment production, chemical recycling techniques to date have been applied to a minor share of end-of-use textiles and clothing. As the major technology partner for U.K.-based […]

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Initiatives in textile recycling

November 1st, 2020

Circular systems could monetize textile waste while helping to save the planet. by Debra Cobb The textile sustainability landscape is changing. While textile manufacturers, brands and retailers tout their use of recycled or sustainable fibers, mountains of textile waste continue to pile up in the world’s landfills. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that in […]

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SMART launches second annual Halloween costume contest

October 2nd, 2015

The Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART) has launched its second annual SMART Upcycled Halloween Costume Contest. Individuals are invited to enter homemade, upcycled Halloween costumes for a chance to win a $100 first prize Amazon gift card. Second and third prize winners will receive a $50 and $25 Amazon gift card, respectively. The […]

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VTT to turn waste cotton into fashion line

September 23rd, 2015

Effective in 2016, the European Union ban on placing organic waste at landfills is fast approaching. In response, the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed a cellulose dissolution technique that turns old, worn-out cotton clothing into new fibers for the textile industry. Based on this process, VTT has teamed up with Ethica Ltd. […]

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