Dissolvable threads for smart garment recycling - Innovation @ E2Expo
Updated : 25-Oct-2020
Resortecs produces a dissolvable stitching thread for easy repair and recycling of garments. Used in attaching trimmings, such as zippers, buttons and fasteners, the threads are aimed at garment repair, recycling and reusing materials from unsold stock and dissolve when exposed to heat at temperatures of 160-200 deg C.
The process helps in enabling a circular economy. The company in partnership with unspun, a jeans manufacturer has assisted in reducing the carbon emissions by about 27% using dissolvable threads. The technology helps in reducing the cost volatility of virgin materials, encourages new business models such as textiles repair and sharing, optimize delabeling and re-manufacturing of unused inventory, increase the quality of second hand textiles and more. Resortecs’ thread does not require modifications in manufacturing or design.
The company has received Global Change Award's recognition and an award prize of €150,000 in 2018.
This stitching thread works in two ways – it makes both repairing and recycling simple. When used for regular seams, the whole piece of clothing can easily be disassembled so that the fabric can be used over and over in new ways, cutting the need to produce fabric from scratch.
Resortecs was founded by Cédric Vanhoeck, a design engineer. The team's board of advisors bring insight from academic research, brand experience, IP law, sorting and recycling expertise. The company is a registered brand name by REGENERATION BVBA which enables a circular economy in fashion, furniture and automotive industry. With its innovative technology, the company aims to increase the percentage of garment recycling from 1% to 30%. The company is also in discussions for partnerships with Ellen Macarthur Foundation, H&M Foundation and more.