Cellulose-polyester separation solutions in textile waste processing

Recycling of textile waste that is a blend of cotton and polyester can be challenging because each of the fibers needs a different recycling process. It is thus imperative that efficient solutions are used to separate the cotton and polyester fibers.


Financial investors

Machinery and equipment makers

Researchers or innovators

Testing and standards professionals

Textile and fashion designers

Vital Stats

How does it work?

Cellulose-polyester separation in apparel that is a blend of both fibers is essential as the recycling processes for each of these fibers are very different from one another. 

Sustainability benefits

Environmental sustainability - Efficient separation of the fibers enables optimal recycling which ultimately reduces landfill waste


Stage of commercialization

Early stage

Types of professionals who can improve the solution

Waste management professionals, Digital professionals working on IoT, Fashion designers, Textile materials professionals

Specifically relevant to any geography?

Decarbonization Potential


Value Chain

Product end of life ,

Web Resources

Chemical recycling of cotton and polyester textiles

The aim of this thesis is to separate the materials by depolymerizing the polyester using alkaline hydrolysis. The focus of the work is on how such a process should be performed without a catalyst, in order to result in both a high yield and a high purity of the cotton residue.

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Development of an efficient route for combined recycling of PET and cotton from mixed fabrics

The focus of this paper is on the separation of cotton and PET (poly(ethylene terephthalate), polyester) from mixed textiles, so-called polycotton. Polycotton is one of the most common materials in service textiles used in sheets and towels at hospitals and hotels. Furthermore, cotton cellulose degradation is evaluated in this paper by analyzing the intrinsic viscosity of the cotton cellulose.

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