Avec le soutien du Fonds européen de développement régional
Met steun van het Europees Fonds voor Regionale Ontwikkeling
Results of the first tests
In 2018, the mechanical recycling of used and discarded clothing was tested by means of semi-industrial quantities. The three tested batches weighed between 120 and 400 kg.
The aim was to test different parameters of the recycling process, said Pierre Van Trimpont - CENTEXBEL, partner in Retex. A first analysis of the fibres taken from the batches showed that the quality of the threads is quite diverse, just like that of the discarded clothes.
The RETEX partners desire to promote the collaboration between the different actors of the textile, recycling and plastic converting (producers and consumers) value chains. This will enable them to know each other's expertise and to express their expectations. At the same time, they will have the opportunity to learn more about the problems of waste and excess processing. The ultimate goal is to launch innovation projects on economically viable recycled materials, to create a sustainable value chain of recycled products and available secondary materials.
The RETEX aims to restructure the textile value chain to fit the circular economy by:
- putting economic actors to the disposition of the textile industry
- reassessing the "end-of-life management system of textiles"
- stimulating the market demands of products containing recycled materials
Total: 1 610 779,60 EUR
European Regional Development Fund: 885 928,76 EUR