Over 20 million tonnes of post-consumer textiles are landfilled across Europe and North America every year simply because these items have reached the end of their first use phase. This excess provides an incredible opportunity to apply circular strategies to the industry in order to capture the inherent value of textiles, displace the use of virgin fibres upstream, and eliminate textile waste downstream.
The Fibersort is a technology that automatically sorts large volumes of mixed post-consumer textiles by fibre type. Once sorted, these materials become reliable, consistent input materials for high-value textile to textile recyclers.
“By automatically sorting finished textile products according to composition, the fibersort solves a key bottleneck in returning non-rewearable garments to the supply chain.”
High-value recycling technologies can transition low-value waste into new, high-value textiles, and they are a critical link in the circular supply chain. Therefore, the Fibersort is a key technology that will enable textile resources to cycle repeatedly through the supply chain. Once commercialized, it will create a tipping point for a new, circular textile industry.
We are working with the Fibersort Project Partners and a broad range of industry stakeholders to commercialize the equipment and publicly release information that will accelerate the transition to circularity. The Fibersort project is made possible through Interreg NWE funding.
We are actively seeking textile collectors and sorters, recycling technologies, brands and retailers, and other circular textiles projects to join our team of collaborators.