Classification and risk assessment of textile for material recycling

Reference number
Coordinator RISE IVF AB - Avdelningen Material
Funding from Vinnova SEK 2 195 000
Project duration October 2017 - December 2019
Status Ongoing
Venture Circular economy
Call Circular economy - Development & Innovation projects

Purpose and goal

This project aims at developing a tool / model for categorization / classification of textile materials for recycling. Specifically in regard to risk assessment for chemical content and the possible restrictions that this imposes on applications for recycled textile. The categorization of textile material iwill be linked to a number of different analysis packages for the assessment of incoming textile material. The project goal is to ensure the quality of recycled raw materials linked to relevant applications.

Expected results and effects

There is a pronounced need from industry to ensure the quality of recycled materials that will be processed and put on the market in new products. It is also evident in the work performed by the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, that the question of chemicals in textile related to the implications this has for products based on recycled material is very important. The effect we aim for is to build the foundation for future certification or labeling of recycled materials, as this is an important prerequisite for future large-scale use of recycled textiles.

Planned approach and implementation

The project will develop a categorization / classification of textile material for recycling. The categorization of textile materials will be linked to different analysis packages for the assessment of incoming textile material. 1. Categorization / classification of material based on fiber content and product type. The starting point for this is existing material / chemical matrices already in place 2. Identification of relevant hazardous chemicals per class and tolerance limits related to possible end product categories 3. Analysis packages linked to points 1 and 2

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