Until now, only a small percentage of clothing could be recycled due to its complex production. Currently, the construction of an innovative demonstration plant is planned, that will showcase the ground-breaking polymer processing technologies for textile recycling from Worn Again Technologies. The facility, which will be built and operated by Worn Again Technologies, Nottingham/UK, is to be constructed in Winterthur/Switzerland, near to one of the startup’s technology partners, Sulzer Chemtech AG, Winterthur. The plant will have the capacity to prevent 1,000 tons of textiles being incinerated every year, paving the way for industrial-scale operations.
In particular, the new industrial-scale infrastructure will help validate the closed-loop chemical recycling solution that has been developed by Worn Again Technologies and its strategic partners. The process obtains polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and cellulose from non-reusable, hard-to-recycle textiles that constitute post-industrial and post-consumer waste. Additionally, the company’s process purifies the products by removing dyes, contaminants and impurities, a step forward from traditional recycling methods. As such, it delivers high-quality, virgin-like materials that can be reintroduced into supply chains to become new fibers, textiles and other products.
»We are delighted to see our technologies being leveraged to create a state-of-the-art textile recycling plant. Building it in Switzerland gives Worn Again Technologies direct access to Sulzer Chemtech’s global R&D facilities and the Swiss textile industry. We will build an ecosystem of partners around this demo plant and drive forward the creation of a circular economy of textiles.«