From Rags to Stitches: New Tech is Recycling the Unrecyclable
by Imogen Berryman
What's Going On Here?
The H&M Foundation and Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel, funded from instore clothing donations, have opened facilities showcasing a new technology which enables previously unrecyclable materials to be reused!
What Does This Mean?
The most popular materials in the fashion industry are cotton and polyester blends. These are tricky to recycle as the materials have to be separated - an intricate process.
Even better, fashion brands are being invited to test this technology within their own operations!
Why Should We Care?
The textile industry is carbon and water thirsty. This is a big move towards a closed loop system which uses more recycled materials than ‘virgin’ materials. In the UK in 2016 it took 26 million tonnes of CO2 to make just 1.13 million tonnes of clothes.
By reusing existing fibres manufacturers can seriously reduce the carbon and water footprint of new clothes!
Get money for old rope - H&M, Monki, &Otherstories, Northface, Marks&Spencer, Levis and others collect unwanted clothes in exchange for vouchers!
Love Not Landfill is accepting unwanted clothing across London. You can even leave a message in a pocket and see where your clothes end up!.And as always, let us know what you think of this week’s article by joining the debate at @Curious.Earth.HQ
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