Mechanical recycling degrades fibers

Stakeholders

City and local administration

Entrepreneurs

Machinery and equipment makers

NGOs

Textile and fashion designers

Mechanical recycling of textiles, the dominant form as of 2020, involves cutting and shredding, which means that the fibers are shorter, are of lower quality and hence lose 75% of their value.

As a result, these recycled fibers are usually not used make new clothes, but rather downcycled to make lower quality products like insulation materials and wiping clothes.

Are there mechanical recycling methods that can overcome this challenge?