Technology developments and challenges in textile recycling - a review - Projects
Updated : October 2020
This whitepaper provides a review of the existing and emerging textile recycling technologies, their environmental benefits, influencing factors and challenges faced in scaling up the technologies and operations.
It provides a detailed picture of waste flows with an example of Nordic regions, environmental and non-environmental benefits of recycling. Different types of textile recycling processes such as mechanical, chemical, open-loop systems and their application areas are covered. Emerging opportunities in recycling such as open-loop systems and challenges faced in terms of geography and logistics involved and policy environment are discussed.
The whitepaper concludes that designing fashion products to enable recycling and improving the recovery rate and quality of recycled products would enable large scale adoption of these systems.