Spinn the thread again by recyled fibers
|Funding from Vinnova||SEK 474 560|
|Project duration||November 2016 - July 2017|
|Venture||Challenge-Driven Innovation – Stage 1 initiation|
|Call||Challenge-Driven Innovation - Stage 1 Initiation 2016 (autumn)|
Purpose and goal
The goal is to create conditions for up-cycling of discarded cotton textiles into new textiles, ie closing the material loop. This means that the new product should have higher or equivalent value as the virgin one. In accordance with the purpose of the project, existing and possible mechanical recycling techniques, as well as other challenges with the manufacturing of fabric and thread, have been identified and mapped. A consortium with the desired skills has been formed to take the project into Step 2.
Expected results and effects
With good results from evaluated technical concepts, we have identified requirements and needs considered crucial for a significantly improved recycle method of cotton textiles. In the aspects of the environment, the effects are many regarding emissions, water consumption, etc. Through new and deeper relations, a strong consortium of stakeholders within the textile value chain, mechanical engineering, product innovation and business and product development has been built. As a result, we have created great conditions for a recycling machine that reaches industrial success.
Planned approach and implementation
The project has largely been conducted according to plan. Mapping of techniques and markets has been carried out through industry analysis, literature studies and dialogue with relevant operators. The collaboration with the academy has resulted in the evaluation of recycling principles as well as concept generation of innovative solutions. The work on the joining of parties has been on ongoing basis, and we are convinced that we have found the right skills and driving forces to realize our idea in the upcoming steps.