Efficient clothing disassembly

Before an apparel is sent for recycling, the various accessories such as buttons, zippers and the like need to be removed. Solutions that make such disassembly of apparel and clothing could make recycling that much more efficient and economical.

Stakeholders

Digital solution providers for textiles industry

Textile and fashion designers

Textile industry sustainability professionals

Textile waste management professionals

Vital Stats

How does it work?

  • Clothes have elements like buttons, zippers, tags,etc. Which are to be disassembled while recycling. Efficient methods of disassembly will lead to proper recycling of textiles. 
  • This is mostly done manually currently
     

Sustainability benefits

Efficient and scalable clothing disassembly will directly assist efficient recycling or upcycling of textiles.  

Highlights/USP

Stage of commercialization

Early commercialization

Types of professionals who can improve the solution

Mechanical engineers, Chemical engineers, Textile designers

Specifically relevant to any geography?

Nil

Decarbonization Potential

Low-Moderate

Value Chain

Product end of life ,

Solutions

Innovation

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Web Resources

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