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SYSTEM CIRCULARITY AND INNOVATIVE RECYCLING OF TEXTILES

Project Leader
Quartinello Felice, BOKU Project Leader
Duration:
01.06.2021-31.05.2024
Programme:
Horizon 2020 - Societal Challenges - Innovation Action (IA)
Type of Research
Applied Research
Project partners
VLAAMSE INSTELLING VOOR TECHNOLOGISCH ONDERZOEK N.V, Boeretang 200, 2400 Mol, Belgium.
Contact person: Evelien Dils;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Staff
G├╝bitz Georg, Project Staff
Mihalyi Sophia, Project Staff
Draxler Manuel, Project Staff
BOKU Research Units
Institute for Environmental Biotechnology
Funded by
Commission of the European Communities, Rue de la Loi, Brussels, European Union
Abstract
Given its resource intensity, the European Commission has identified the textiles sector as a priority for the Circular Economy. An important measure is the mandatory separate collection of discarded textiles as of 2025. Finding suitable outlets for these increasing volumes of collected textiles is a challenge. Currently its non-reusable fraction is mostly downcycled or incinerated, less than 1% of textile waste is recycled into new textile fibres. In the meantime, clothing brands set ambitious targets for the use of recycled fibres in their products. Unfortunately their quality as well as the price tag of current recycling processes are not aligned with market needs/demand. SCIRT aims to bridge this supply-demand gap by developing and demonstrating an entire textile-to-textile recycling system for post-consumer textiles. Starting from the demand side needs, SCIRT focuses on the recycling of natural and synthetic fibres, as well as fibre blends. This by involving all relevant players along the recycling value chain, from collector to retailer. By focusing on the recycling of textiles that are often downcycled today, value retention is improved throughout the value chain. Not only will the business case for individual actors be validated, also the overall system implications will be quantified from a financial, environmental and social life-cycle perspective. Besides the technological innovations required, SCIRT addresses enabling conditions and supporting measures facilitating the transition towards a circular system for apparel. A True Cost Model will be developed and an eco-modulated EPR system will be set up, aiming at increased value chain transparency. Special attention is given to this consumer perspective. A consumer behavioural flow intervention will be developed to impact their decision making on the purchase and disposal of textiles. Throughout the project, significant attention will be paid to stakeholder involvement and validation via an advisory board.
Keywords
Enzyme technology;
Waste recycling; Circular economy; Ecodesign, Life Cycle Analysis; Technological innovation; Textiles;
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