Recycling of health-care textile, including single-use garments

Reference number
Coordinator RISE Research Institutes of Sweden AB - Jordbruk och Livsmedel
Funding from Vinnova SEK 2 536 000
Project duration October 2017 - December 2019
Status Ongoing
Venture Circular economy
Call Circular economy - Development & Innovation projects

Purpose and goal

The public sector in Sweden is struggling to recycle and recycle the materials like used in health care. Two areas have been identified and covered in the project: 1. Recovery of knitted and woven cotton / polyester in clothes and sheets 2. Recovery of nonwoven products, such as disposable clothes and drapes These two areas require different strategies for recycling and the intention is to further identify strategies. An important part is to identify material flows in healthcare today. A method is needed to define when the textiles are to be discarded or recycled.

Expected results and effects

In the project, Swedish-grown hemp will be used as reinforcement of the recycled fibers, which increases the affairs of the countryside in a circular system. Another part is the dry-molding of the recycled textiles together with the appropriate adhesive to make multi-purpose clothes for clothes. Contaminated nonwoven fiber remelted where the single-use cleaned waste stream is used for new products such as thicker nonwoven to sound absorbers and thermal insulation for increased value. The goal is recycling through new materials and techniques to achieve circularity in textile use.

Planned approach and implementation

Both clean fractions of cotton for recycling but also the mixture cotton and polyester as often occurring in the medical care should be studied. The project involves the entire chain from commodity producer to end users such as medicare and retailers. Part is to develop the collection of textiles at the sites. A system analysis should be made for increased understanding. The use of the agro fiber should be developed. A big part will be development in the test lab scale and testing new materials. Communication and education are included for increased understanding. .

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