Over the last 6 years, the global economy consumed half a trillion tons of virgin materials. According to the “Circularity Gap Report 2022”, only 8.6% of what we use remains in circulation, which leaves a circularity gap of over 90%. Less than 1% of material used to produce clothing is recycled into new clothing, representing a loss of more than US$100 billion worth of materials each year.
As a result of growing demand of sustainable fashion products from global consumers, brands and retailers, a new fiber made by recycling acrylic waste has been developed. Thai Acrylic Fibre Co. Ltd., Bangkok/Thailand, part of Aditya Birla Group, Mumbai/India, has launched the recycled acrylic fiber Regel. The recently launched new variant of Regel fiber contains 75% recycled content. Regel fiber was launched last year with 50% recycled content. It offers a sustainable solution to the textile industry’s waste management challenges through an authentic and intimate chemical recycling process that delivers fibers which are comparable to virgin acrylic fibers.
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