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Swedish innovation platform for textile sorting (SIPTex)

Reference number
Coordinator IVL SVENSKA MILJÖINSTITUTET AB - IVL Svenska miljöinstitutet
Funding from Vinnova SEK 22 058 225
Project duration May 2019 - October 2022
Status Ongoing
Venture Challengedriven innovation - Phase 3 Implementation

Purpose and goal

By establishing the world’s first industrial scale automated sorting facility for post-consumer textiles SIPTex contributes to more circular and more sustainable textile flows. SIPTex poses a new step in the textile value chain and creates conditions for increased resource efficiency and profitability in handling of collected textile waste as well as for increased fiber-to-fiber recycling of textiles.

Expected results and effects

SIPTex strengthens Sweden’s position as a front-runner in circular economy. The project strives towards six impact goals to be reached five years after the project ends: 1.Increased circularity in the textile value chain 2.Contribution to availability of raw materials for textile production 3.Established capacities for automated textile sorting in Europe 4.Functioning markets for recyclable textiles 5.Established “eco system” of actors along the textile value chain 6.Implemented policies for more circular textile flows and strategies for safe use of recycled textile fibers

Planned approach and implementation

The project set-up is to create conditions for commercial operation of the SIPTex facility after finalization of the step 3 project. Besides project coordination the project includes three operational work packages and four market-oriented work packages: Operation Construction and operation of the SIPTex facility Optimization of sorting operations Efficient handling of textile waste Markets Markets and commercial operation Quality assurance of recycling products Environmental assessment of recycling products Stakeholder collaboration

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Last updated 8 April 2022

Reference number 2019-00836

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