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Circle Economy's Fibersort Technology For The Textile Industry

Updated : 15-Oct-2020

Fibersort Technology

Fibersort machine is a sorting technology that is able to categorise textiles in 45 different fractions based on their fibre composition and colour. The technology uses advances in Near Infrared (NIR) that enables the industry to turn non-rewearable textiles into valuable raw material for textile-to-textile recycling.

Company Name

The Fibersort Consortium Partners - Circle Economy



Product Launched in


Sustainability Benefits

  • Once sorted, these materials become reliable, consistent input materials for high-value textile to textile recyclers. It is the critical link in the circular supply chain.


  • The Fibersort is claimed to sort 900 kgs of post-consumer textiles per hour.

End user sector

  • Textile Machinery
  • Garment and Apparel Manufacturers and Producers
  • Textile Material Manufacturers and Recyclers
  • Post-Consumer Textile Waste Aggregators

How does this work?

  • Fibersort is basically an automated fiber sorting machine that sorts used cloths with high precision.
  • Sorting the cloths based on fibre composition is key for effective recycling and upcycling of the fabrics.
  • This time consuming process is automated using NIR (Near Infrared) technology in this machine.
  • The cloths after being sorted, are sent to respective recycling processes.

About the Company

Circle Economy is a Dutch-based impact organisation. As an impact organisation, they connect and empower a global community to create the conditions for systemic transformation.They work alongside businesses, cities and governments to identify opportunities to make the transition to the circular economy and provide a powerful combination of practical and scalable solutions to turn these opportunities into reality.

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  • Machinery and equipment makers
  • Textile laundry and maintenance professionals
  • Textile waste management professionals
  • Value chain components

    • Textile fabric production
    • Product end of life

    Product Category

    • Fabric


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