Textile ETP was invited to attend the SCIRT project's interim event to present the Textile Circularity Multiplier Initiative, a new initiative aims to start a community of practice to amplify the research work of textile circularity- & sustainability-focused EU-funded projects and bring results faster to the industry. Should you like to join the Initiative or be interested in more information, contact us.
The SCIRT Interim Event was also an opportunity to discover the research that has been conducted under the project, findings discovered around textile recycling and the approaches to that:
- The University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences of Vienna (BOKU) and Technische Universität Wien conducted trials that successfully removed wool from a blended fabric.
- CETI Transformative Textiles indicates that while some brands' recycled fibers were the same quality as their non-recycled fibers, other brands produce clothing that is made to last but proves to be difficult for dismantling for recycling.
- According to Prospex Institute, chemicals used in production, and the price and design of garments play a role for consumers in their decision to buy recycled vs non-recycled products.
We finished off with a visit of the CETI facilities where we saw how clothing goes from textile back to yarn for a new piece of (recycled) textile.