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26.05.2022

EREMA Group: Growing revenues, plant sizes and production capacities

The EREMA Group, which comprises EREMA Group GmbH and its subsidiaries EREMA, PURE LOOP, UMAC, 3S, KEYCYCLE and PLASMAC, closed the 2021/22 financial year with a 17 percent increase in revenue. Consolidated Group revenue amounted to EUR 295 million, and the number of employees increased to over 840. The EREMA Group remains on course for continued growth.

A closer look at the post consumer segment clearly shows a trend towards larger plants, both for PET recycling and for processing polyolefins. For example, the first VACUREMA® Basic 2628 T machine with an annual capacity of up to 40,000 tonnes was recently commissioned at a customer's site in Brazil. This plant features a ten-meter-long special geometry screw with a diameter of 280 millimetres and a weight of 3.5 tonnes. The screw was developed and manufactured by 3S, a subsidiary of EREMA GmbH.

The EREMA Group, which comprises EREMA Group GmbH and its subsidiaries EREMA, PURE LOOP, UMAC, 3S, KEYCYCLE and PLASMAC, closed the 2021/22 financial year with a 17 percent increase in revenue. Consolidated Group revenue amounted to EUR 295 million, and the number of employees increased to over 840. The EREMA Group remains on course for continued growth.

A closer look at the post consumer segment clearly shows a trend towards larger plants, both for PET recycling and for processing polyolefins. For example, the first VACUREMA® Basic 2628 T machine with an annual capacity of up to 40,000 tonnes was recently commissioned at a customer's site in Brazil. This plant features a ten-meter-long special geometry screw with a diameter of 280 millimetres and a weight of 3.5 tonnes. The screw was developed and manufactured by 3S, a subsidiary of EREMA GmbH.

Demand for previously-owned machines at UMAC also remained high during the past financial year. In addition to the general trend towards plastics recycling, the decisive factor here is that customers are more frequently opting for previously-owned systems available at short notice due to the tense situation on the procurement markets. At the same time, businesses that have so far had little contact with recycling are also becoming increasingly interested in this topic. Their need for feasibility studies, consulting and engineering services, project management and turnkey projects are now also very successfully catered for by KEYCYCLE, an EREMA Group company. KEYCYCLE has also acquired from Cadel Deinking the patent, technology and distribution rights for an innovative ink removal technology, which is now being further developed using the know-how of the EREMA Group and shaped into a product that meets industrial standards.

The initiative launched four years ago to modernise and expand existing EREMA Group sites was continued during the past financial year with the expansion and construction of a dedicated machine demonstration centre for PLASMAC in Milan. Equipped with additional production floor space and new and enlarged customer centres, all companies within the group are now well prepared to meet rising demand, and with the new research and development centre under construction in Ansfelden, the framework for further outstanding plastics recycling milestones from EREMA is currently being optimised.

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EREMA Group GmbH

26.05.2022

New french recycling technology to recycle 50 million PET food trays per year

Indorama Ventures, VALORPLAST, Klöckner Pentaplast (kp) and CITEO collaboration delivers a commercial recycling solution for monolayer PET trays

Thai-based Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited (IVL) with its facility Wellman France Recycling in Verdun, has been working on the PET trays recycling for 6 years and through an ongoing project with VALORPLAST and supported by CITEO.

The project has the objective to develop and validate recycling for monolayer and multilayer PET trays. VALORPLAST has collected significant quantities of post-consumer PET trays and several industrial runs have been conducted by Wellman. The produced flakes are being tested by several actors to develop high quality applications. Those tests have led by IVL to develop a commercially feasible recycling solution for monolayer PET trays with the collaboration of Klöckner Pentaplast.
The new technology is processing monolayer PET trays used for food packaging (meat, produce and cheese) into a high-quality product, suitable for new tray production.

This new recycling innovation will see over 50 million post-consumer PET trays diverted away from landfill or incineration.

Indorama Ventures, VALORPLAST, Klöckner Pentaplast (kp) and CITEO collaboration delivers a commercial recycling solution for monolayer PET trays

Thai-based Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited (IVL) with its facility Wellman France Recycling in Verdun, has been working on the PET trays recycling for 6 years and through an ongoing project with VALORPLAST and supported by CITEO.

The project has the objective to develop and validate recycling for monolayer and multilayer PET trays. VALORPLAST has collected significant quantities of post-consumer PET trays and several industrial runs have been conducted by Wellman. The produced flakes are being tested by several actors to develop high quality applications. Those tests have led by IVL to develop a commercially feasible recycling solution for monolayer PET trays with the collaboration of Klöckner Pentaplast.
The new technology is processing monolayer PET trays used for food packaging (meat, produce and cheese) into a high-quality product, suitable for new tray production.

This new recycling innovation will see over 50 million post-consumer PET trays diverted away from landfill or incineration.

Testing has now moved into commercial production. 500 tonnes of PET trays are now being processed monthly and transformed into a high-quality tray flake, which can be used to produce new trays. The purity of the flakes is comparable with high-quality bottle flake. A further scale up is foreseen, and the company plans to process 10KT of tray flake in 2022.

More information:
PET recycling fibers
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 Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited 

20.05.2022

SOEX: Sortierstation mit Materialerkennung für Faser-zu-Faser-Recycling

SOEX hat eine Infrarot-Sortierstation mit Material- und Farberkennung im Werk in Wolfen in Betrieb genommen. Durch das exakte Sortieren nach Materialien will SOEX weiterhin einen Schwerpunkt auf das Sortieren für Recycling setzen und die Recyclingquote gemeinsam mit der Modebranche erhöhen.

Eine künstliche Intelligenz erkennt die einzelnen Kleidungsstücke und kann sie nach Materialien oder Farben sortieren, um sie für das chemische Recycling vorzusortieren. Mittels dieser Technologie können Materialien genauer als zuvor bestimmt werden, sodass die sortierte Kleidung recycelt und wieder zu Garn verarbeitet werden kann.

Diese Art der vollautomatischen exakten Sortierung sei bisher noch keinem geglückt, so SOEX-Geschäftsführer Walter J. Thomsen. Mittels der automatischen Sortierstation kann SOEX die Sortierung an alle kundenspezifischen Anfragen der Recycler anpassen, die meist Recyclingverfahren für bestimmte Materialien oder Materialzusammensetzungen entwickelt haben. 1.600 Teile schafft die Sortierstation pro Stunde, das sind ca. 600 kg Kleidung.

SOEX hat eine Infrarot-Sortierstation mit Material- und Farberkennung im Werk in Wolfen in Betrieb genommen. Durch das exakte Sortieren nach Materialien will SOEX weiterhin einen Schwerpunkt auf das Sortieren für Recycling setzen und die Recyclingquote gemeinsam mit der Modebranche erhöhen.

Eine künstliche Intelligenz erkennt die einzelnen Kleidungsstücke und kann sie nach Materialien oder Farben sortieren, um sie für das chemische Recycling vorzusortieren. Mittels dieser Technologie können Materialien genauer als zuvor bestimmt werden, sodass die sortierte Kleidung recycelt und wieder zu Garn verarbeitet werden kann.

Diese Art der vollautomatischen exakten Sortierung sei bisher noch keinem geglückt, so SOEX-Geschäftsführer Walter J. Thomsen. Mittels der automatischen Sortierstation kann SOEX die Sortierung an alle kundenspezifischen Anfragen der Recycler anpassen, die meist Recyclingverfahren für bestimmte Materialien oder Materialzusammensetzungen entwickelt haben. 1.600 Teile schafft die Sortierstation pro Stunde, das sind ca. 600 kg Kleidung.

Aktuell werden noch weniger als 1 Prozent aller Kleidungsstücke weltweit zu neuer Kleidung recycelt. Für das Faser-zu-Faser-Recycling müssen die Textilien sehr genau sortiert werden, nur so kann aus den aussortierten Kleidern wieder neue Mode entstehen. Denn unterschiedliche Fasern erfordern unterschiedliche Recyclingverfahren. Die Sortierung nach Materialien stellte die Branche bisher vor besondere Herausforderungen.

„Wir haben viele großartige Kollegen, die sehen und fühlen können, aus welchem Material die Kleidung besteht, die sie sortieren. Aber nicht zu 100 Prozent“, sagt Thomsen. Die Pflegeetiketten mit Angaben über die Materialzusammensetzung sind meist ungenau: 15 Prozent unbekannte Fasern dürfen angegeben werden und erst bei einem Anteil von 5 Prozent müssen die Materialien auf dem Etikett stehen. Häufig sind sie ausgewaschen oder abgeschnitten, all das erschwert die Arbeit der Sortierer im Werk, die nun durch die neue Sortierstation erleichtert werden soll.

78 Materialien und Materialkombinationen können von der KI erkannt werden. Die Messgenauigkeit liegt bei über 95 Prozent. Die Materialauswahl kann daher aus einer komplexen Anzahl verschiedener Mischungen bestehen – bisher gab es noch keine skalierbaren Technologien, mit denen sich diese erkennen und für das Recycling sortieren lassen. Das soll sich nun durch die neue Infrarot-Sortierstation im SOEX Werk ändern. Bis Ende des Jahres soll die Maschinenleistung verdoppelt werden, so könnten pro Stunde 3.000 Kleidungsstücke nach 15 Kriterien sortiert werden. Erste Gespräche mit internationalen Bekleidungsherstellern, die die Sortierstation in Wolfen nutzen wollen, finden bereits statt.

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Soex

18.05.2022

Hexcel at JEC World 2022

  • Hexcel Composite Innovations for Aerospace Applications on Display at JEC World 2022: Hall 5, Stand J41

In late 2021, Hexcel announced an agreement with Fairmat, a deep technology startup, to build the capability to recycle carbon fiber prepreg from Hexcel European operations for reuse in composite panels sold into commercial markets, giving a second life to recovered carbon fiber. To do so, Fairmat has developed a virtuous recycling process, and a sample of its newly recycled material will be available to view at JEC World 2022. Hexcel will present an array of product innovations for aerospace and urban air mobility customer applications during JEC World 2022 in Paris on May3-5. These latest innovations demonstrate the company’s leadership in developing advanced composites technology for the aerospace market.

  • Hexcel Composite Innovations for Aerospace Applications on Display at JEC World 2022: Hall 5, Stand J41

In late 2021, Hexcel announced an agreement with Fairmat, a deep technology startup, to build the capability to recycle carbon fiber prepreg from Hexcel European operations for reuse in composite panels sold into commercial markets, giving a second life to recovered carbon fiber. To do so, Fairmat has developed a virtuous recycling process, and a sample of its newly recycled material will be available to view at JEC World 2022. Hexcel will present an array of product innovations for aerospace and urban air mobility customer applications during JEC World 2022 in Paris on May3-5. These latest innovations demonstrate the company’s leadership in developing advanced composites technology for the aerospace market.

  • Sustainability Focus on Recycling and Reuse
  • HiTape® and HiMax® Reinforcements for OoA Processing
  • Innovative HiFlow™ Resins for Continuous and Shorter Cycle Injection Processes
  • HexPly® Prepregs for Primary Structure and Engine Applications
  • HexTow® High Modulus Fibers HM63 and HM54
  • Thermoplastics and Processing Innovations for Primary and Secondary Structures
  • Lightweight PrimeTex® Reinforcements Solutions for Urban Air Mobility (UAM)
Freudenberg Experts meet Sustainability (c) Freudenberg Performance Materials
Sustainable seat covers padding material by FILC
11.05.2022

Freudenberg Experts meet Sustainability

Following their merger, Freudenberg Performance Materials, Low & Bonar, Mehler Texnologies® and Filc will be presenting their innovative solutions at a joint stand for the first time at this year’s techtextil exhibition in Frankfurt. The focus is on sustainability. Among the highlights are Evolon® RE, a microfilament textile for a wide variety of applications and markets, FILFLEX, a sustainable padding material for car seat covers, and the truck tarpaulin POLYMAR® 8556 ECO CF. Customers will find the world's leading manufacturer of technical textiles at Stand C51 in Hall 12.1.

Following their merger, Freudenberg Performance Materials, Low & Bonar, Mehler Texnologies® and Filc will be presenting their innovative solutions at a joint stand for the first time at this year’s techtextil exhibition in Frankfurt. The focus is on sustainability. Among the highlights are Evolon® RE, a microfilament textile for a wide variety of applications and markets, FILFLEX, a sustainable padding material for car seat covers, and the truck tarpaulin POLYMAR® 8556 ECO CF. Customers will find the world's leading manufacturer of technical textiles at Stand C51 in Hall 12.1.

Evolon® textiles made from recycled PET
With Evolon® RE, Freudenberg Performance Materials is presenting an even more sustainable version of its high-performance microfilament textiles. Evolon® RE is manufactured from an average of 70% recycled polyester, which the company makes by cycling post-consumer PET bottles in-house. Evolon® RE products are available for various applications such as technical packaging, in weights currently ranging from 80g/sqm to 300g/sqm. For high-tech wiping, lightweight Evolon® RE is now available starting from 30g/sqm. The material meets the needs of cleaning specialists for more sustainable wiping solutions. Evolon® RE offers the same high quality and material performance as all other Evolon® textiles.

Tarpaulins made from recycled raw materials presented by Mehler Texnologies®
When it comes to tarpaulins on trucks, both protection of the transport cargo and advertising for the transport company place high demands on the material. Mehler Texnologies® tarpaulin material ranks among the premium products for truck tarpaulins. The company is a pioneer in sustainable development and is showcasing POLYMAR® 8556 ECO CF. This unique material has a 25% share of recycled raw materials in the coating mass. In addition, the material is made with 100% R-PES yarns. The input materials undergo a complex separation and filtering process.

Sustainable padding material for automotive and furniture seat covers presented by FILC
FILFLEX is a soft and flexible padding layer made from nonwovens for automotive and furniture seat covers. It prevents leather from creasing and improves the dimensional stability of the seat covers. In terms of sustainability, its benefit is its 100% PET composition, making FILFLEX easy to recycle. FILFLEX offers customers easier handling during sewing and the seat covering process. End users benefit from the high seating comfort.

10.05.2022

BB Engineering shortlisted for Plastics Recycling Awards Europe

BB Engineering has been shortlisted for the Plastics Recycling Awards Europe 2022 for the category Recycling Machinery Innovation with its PET recycling line VacuFil® Visco+ for fiber-to-fiber inline recycling.

The process presented as part of the award is the combined VacuFil® Visco+ with VarioFil®. This machinery enables the textile industry to perform closed-loop inline recycling of post-consumer polyester (PET) textile waste. The given recycling technology is a thermo-mechanical recycling process optimized for the textile industry. Key component here is the liquid state polycondensation reactor, known as Visco+, to adjust the intrinsic viscosity. Compared to existing fiber recycling processes, which address rather less demanding textile applications and don’t include subsequent spinning, BBE’s solution is a whole-in-one process that enables the textile industry to perform closed-loop inline recycling of post-consumer PET fiber waste even into high-tech textile yarns with low dpf-values.

BB Engineering has been shortlisted for the Plastics Recycling Awards Europe 2022 for the category Recycling Machinery Innovation with its PET recycling line VacuFil® Visco+ for fiber-to-fiber inline recycling.

The process presented as part of the award is the combined VacuFil® Visco+ with VarioFil®. This machinery enables the textile industry to perform closed-loop inline recycling of post-consumer polyester (PET) textile waste. The given recycling technology is a thermo-mechanical recycling process optimized for the textile industry. Key component here is the liquid state polycondensation reactor, known as Visco+, to adjust the intrinsic viscosity. Compared to existing fiber recycling processes, which address rather less demanding textile applications and don’t include subsequent spinning, BBE’s solution is a whole-in-one process that enables the textile industry to perform closed-loop inline recycling of post-consumer PET fiber waste even into high-tech textile yarns with low dpf-values.

The Plastics Recycling Awards Europe 2022 winners will be announced on 23 June, during the second day of the Plastics Recycling Show Europe taking place at the RAI Amsterdam.

(c) SOEX
Hagen Matuszak wählt die erste Ladung Schuhe eigenhändig im SOEX Werk in Wolfen aus
04.05.2022

SOEX rettet aussortierte Sneaker zusammen mit dem Start-up Sneaker Rescue

SOEX ist eine Geschäftspartnerschaft mit dem Start-up Sneaker Rescue eingegangen, um getragenen Schuhen ein zweites Leben zu geben. Zehn Tonnen aussortierte Schuhe kommen jeden Tag im SOEX Sortierwerk in Wolfen an. Das sind mindestens 20.000 Paar Schuhe pro Tag, viele davon sind Sneaker. Der Großteil dieser Schuhe gehen wieder in den Verkauf in Secondhandläden oder auf Märkten im Ausland. Manche Schuhe sind aber so dreckig oder kaputt, dass sie niemand mehr kaufen möchte. Bisher werden diese Schuhe nicht mehr getragen, sondern recycelt. Diesen Schuhen schenkt SOEX jetzt ein zweites Leben – nicht mehr nur als Rohstoff für andere Produkte, sondern in ihrer ursprünglichen Form: als tragbare Schuhe. 400 Paar will SOEX täglich retten. Der Retter in der Not an der Seite von SOEX ist Hagen Matuszak, der Gründer von Sneaker Rescue, einer Reparaturwerkstatt aus Berlin, die auf Sneaker spezialisiert ist. Gemeinsam wollen SOEX und Sneaker Rescue dafür sorgen, dass auch in der Sneaker-Welt statt Tragen, Aussortieren, Recyceln ein wirklich geschlossener Kreislauf entsteht: getragene, aussortierte Schuhe sollen weitergetragen werden.

SOEX ist eine Geschäftspartnerschaft mit dem Start-up Sneaker Rescue eingegangen, um getragenen Schuhen ein zweites Leben zu geben. Zehn Tonnen aussortierte Schuhe kommen jeden Tag im SOEX Sortierwerk in Wolfen an. Das sind mindestens 20.000 Paar Schuhe pro Tag, viele davon sind Sneaker. Der Großteil dieser Schuhe gehen wieder in den Verkauf in Secondhandläden oder auf Märkten im Ausland. Manche Schuhe sind aber so dreckig oder kaputt, dass sie niemand mehr kaufen möchte. Bisher werden diese Schuhe nicht mehr getragen, sondern recycelt. Diesen Schuhen schenkt SOEX jetzt ein zweites Leben – nicht mehr nur als Rohstoff für andere Produkte, sondern in ihrer ursprünglichen Form: als tragbare Schuhe. 400 Paar will SOEX täglich retten. Der Retter in der Not an der Seite von SOEX ist Hagen Matuszak, der Gründer von Sneaker Rescue, einer Reparaturwerkstatt aus Berlin, die auf Sneaker spezialisiert ist. Gemeinsam wollen SOEX und Sneaker Rescue dafür sorgen, dass auch in der Sneaker-Welt statt Tragen, Aussortieren, Recyceln ein wirklich geschlossener Kreislauf entsteht: getragene, aussortierte Schuhe sollen weitergetragen werden.

Allein in Deutschland werden laut Umweltbundesamt über 380 Millionen Paar Schuhe pro Jahr weggeworfen. Viele davon sind Sneaker, die in den letzten Jahren zum gehypten Konsumgut avancierten – sie haben längst ihr rein sportliches Image abgelegt und ihren Weg in unsere alltägliche Garderobe gefunden. Nun kommen immer mehr dieser Sneaker in den Sortierwerken von SOEX an, weil sie nicht mehr getragen werden oder aufgetragen wurden. „Indem wir Sneaker retten, retten wir die Ressourcen“, sagt Walter J. Thomsen. Denn in Sneakers werden eine Vielzahl an Materialien verbaut, im Schnitt sicher 50, schätzt der Sneaker-Fachmann Matuszak. Darunter viele Materialien wie Polyester, für deren Herstellung Erdöl als Rohstoff verbraucht wird – genau diese fossilen Rohstoffe gilt es zu bewahren, statt zu verschwenden, dafür müssen die Sneaker gerettet werden.

Das muffige Image von getragenen Schuhen hat nichts mit dem zu tun, was am Ende dabei rauskommt, wenn Hagen Matuszak mit ihnen fertig ist. Eine Stunde braucht er, um ein Paar zu retten. Das heißt: Schuhe reinigen, Sohle austauschen, Löcher stopfen. Und auch gegen den Geruch von getragenen Schuhen hat Hagen Matuszak bereits eine Lösung in seiner Werkstatt in Berlin Britz stehen: ein Ozongenerator. Der Aktivsauerstoff Ozon reagiert mit den Geruchsmolekülen und inaktiviert diese. Die Gerüche sind damit nicht nur überdeckt, sondern zerstört. Am Ende werden aus den geretteten Schuhen neuwertige Schuhe ohne knappe Ressourcen für einen komplett neuen Schuh zu verschwenden. SOEX und Sneaker Rescue leisten damit einen wichtigen Beitrag, um Langlebigkeit und Kreislaufwirtschaft in der Branche zu fördern.

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SOEX

Dyntex sorgt mit den ersten hochwertigen Funktionsstoffen aus recycelten Autoreifen für eine Innovation am Markt für nachhaltige Sport- und Lifestyle-Bekleidung. (c) Shutterstock/Maksim Safaniuk
Dyntex Recycling
04.05.2022

Funktionstextilien aus recycelten Autoreifen

  • Dyntex bringt erste Funktionstextilien aus recycelten Autoreifen auf den Markt
  • Ultraleichte Stoffe aus Post-Consumer-Rezyklat (PCR) leisten Beitrag zur Nachhaltigkeit

Dyntex, Entwickler und Hersteller von Funktionsmaterialien aus Bregenz (Österreich), bietet als Produktneuheit hochwertige Stoffe aus wiederverwerteten Autoreifen an. Durch ein innovatives thermo-chemisches Verfahren wird aus alten Reifen ein Polyamid-Polymer rückgewonnen. Dieses wird zu einem feinen Garn und in der Folge zu einem ultraleichten Funktionsstoff verarbeitet. Das Interesse am nachhaltigen Material ist groß.

Qualitätsstoffe aus alten Autoreifen: Durch ein neues thermo-chemisches Verfahren wird aus geschredderten Reifen zunächst ein Pyrolyse-Öl gewonnen und daraus ein Polyamid-Polymer hergestellt. Das aus Post-Consumer-Rezyklat (PCR) bestehende Rohmaterial wird in Italien zu Garn weiterverarbeitet.

  • Dyntex bringt erste Funktionstextilien aus recycelten Autoreifen auf den Markt
  • Ultraleichte Stoffe aus Post-Consumer-Rezyklat (PCR) leisten Beitrag zur Nachhaltigkeit

Dyntex, Entwickler und Hersteller von Funktionsmaterialien aus Bregenz (Österreich), bietet als Produktneuheit hochwertige Stoffe aus wiederverwerteten Autoreifen an. Durch ein innovatives thermo-chemisches Verfahren wird aus alten Reifen ein Polyamid-Polymer rückgewonnen. Dieses wird zu einem feinen Garn und in der Folge zu einem ultraleichten Funktionsstoff verarbeitet. Das Interesse am nachhaltigen Material ist groß.

Qualitätsstoffe aus alten Autoreifen: Durch ein neues thermo-chemisches Verfahren wird aus geschredderten Reifen zunächst ein Pyrolyse-Öl gewonnen und daraus ein Polyamid-Polymer hergestellt. Das aus Post-Consumer-Rezyklat (PCR) bestehende Rohmaterial wird in Italien zu Garn weiterverarbeitet.

Gemeinsam mit Spezialisten aus Japan und Italien hat Dyntex daraus ultraleichte High-Tech-Funktionstextilien entwickelt. Die neu entwickelte Kollektion umfasst acht verschiedene Stoffe, der leichteste wiegt gerade einmal 36 Gramm pro Quadratmeter. Mit ihren besonderen Griffen und Optiken sind sie ideal für modische Sport- und Funktionsbekleidung.

Ressourcenschonend und hochwertig
„Wir führen bisher nicht mehr nutzbare Werkstoffe wieder zurück in den Warenkreislauf, benötigen bei der Produktion kaum fossile Ressourcen und erreichen so eine massive Reduktion des CO2-Fußabdrucks“, erklärt Alexander Gächter, Verkaufsleiter bei Dyntex.

Die Recycling-Stoffe erfüllen dieselben hohen Standards wie solche aus neu hergestelltem Polyamid. Sie sind wie alle Dyntex-Funktionsstoffe wasserabweisend, atmungsaktiv, frei von Fluorcarbon und auch bei hoher Beanspruchung sehr langlebig. Die neuen Textilien eigen sich damit ideal für Sport- und Lifestylemode sowie für Arbeitskleidung.

Wachstumsmarkt für nachhaltige Mode
Der Markt für nachhaltige Mode wächst seit Jahren stark. Entsprechend hoch ist auch die Nachfrage nach Funktionsstoffen aus recyceltem Material. Dyntex gehört zu den Vorreitern: Bereits im Jahr 2020 hat das Vorarlberger Unternehmen die weltweit ersten Funktionstextilien aus biosynthetischem Garn (Dyntex® Biological Origin) und biologisch abbaubarem Stoff (Dyntex® Biodegradable) auf den Markt gebracht.

(c) ChemSec, report Not Quite 100%
28.04.2022

ChemSec' Study: Consumer brands demand clarity on recycled plastics

A new interview study from NGO ChemSec shows that there is a gap between supply and demand when it comes to recycled materials, causing confusion and bottlenecks. Among other things, suppliers go out of their way using elaborate trade schemes to reach the coveted ”100% recycled” tag, which – it turns out – is not that important to consumer product brands. Far more crucial aspects, according to several major B2C companies, are:

  • Honest communication towards customers
  • Comprehensive information from suppliers
  • Clear standards for recycled material

These are some of the conclusions from NGO ChemSec’s survey and interview study with 26 highly well-known consumer product brands. All brands responded to a survey concerning their current plastic use, as well as their needs, expectations and challenges regarding using more recycled material, to enable the shift to a circular economy for plastics.

Ten of the brands then participated in in-depth interviews on the same topics:, Essity, H&M, IKEA, Inditex , Lego, Mars,  SC Johnson, Tarkett, Unilever and Walgreens Boots Alliance.

A new interview study from NGO ChemSec shows that there is a gap between supply and demand when it comes to recycled materials, causing confusion and bottlenecks. Among other things, suppliers go out of their way using elaborate trade schemes to reach the coveted ”100% recycled” tag, which – it turns out – is not that important to consumer product brands. Far more crucial aspects, according to several major B2C companies, are:

  • Honest communication towards customers
  • Comprehensive information from suppliers
  • Clear standards for recycled material

These are some of the conclusions from NGO ChemSec’s survey and interview study with 26 highly well-known consumer product brands. All brands responded to a survey concerning their current plastic use, as well as their needs, expectations and challenges regarding using more recycled material, to enable the shift to a circular economy for plastics.

Ten of the brands then participated in in-depth interviews on the same topics:, Essity, H&M, IKEA, Inditex , Lego, Mars,  SC Johnson, Tarkett, Unilever and Walgreens Boots Alliance.

Is non-mechanical recycling the answer?
Only about ten percent of all discarded plastics is recycled today, which is of course not nearly enough to achieve a circular plastics economy. Despite ambitions and initiatives to reduce plastics use – replacing the materials with other, more sustainable ones – the “plastic tap” is not expected to be turned off anytime soon. Quite the opposite, which makes raising the recycling rates more important than ever.

Although commercially viable, traditional (mechanical) recycling is afflicted with severe flaws, such as legacy chemicals, quality and functionality issues, as well as the lack of clean and sorted waste streams. The brands cited quality and functionality issues as the main obstacles for using more recycled material in their products.

This opens up for non-mechanical recycling, sometimes referred to as chemical recycling, where the plastic is either dissolved or broken down into smaller building blocks. Harmful additives and other hazardous chemicals can be removed in the process, and a material comparable to virgin plastic can be achieved – at least in theory.

So far, however, non-mechanical recycling technologies are costly, energy-intensive, and often require the addition of a great deal of virgin plastic to work – the very material that needs to be phased out.

The chain of custody models needs to be detangled
Apart from these production issues, there is a wide range of chain of custody models surrounding non-mechanical recycling, including mass balance and book & claim, which enable trade of credits or certificates for recycled material.

This cuts the physical connection between input and output, making it possible for a supplier to sell a material as “100% recycled”, when the actual recycled content could be zero.

This is a major issue for the brands ChemSec has spoken to, who value honest and correct communication towards customers. It turns out, perhaps somewhat surprisingly, that being able to slap a “made from 100% recycled plastic” label on a product is not all that important to brands.

To the brands, a physical connection between input (the discarded plastic waste headed for recycling) and output (the product at least partially made from recycled plastics) is far more important.

A physical connection, along with correct and adequate information from suppliers, as well as clearer standards and guidelines than what is available today, is what brands require to increase the use of recycled material and move us closer to a circular economy for plastics.

More information:
ChemSec plastics Recycling
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ChemSec

(c) Bangladesh Apparel Exchange (BAE)
25.04.2022

The Sustainable Apparel Forum brings together government representatives and industry leaders

The Sustainable Apparel Forum takes place on 10 May 2022 in Dhaka, Bangladesh, bringing together government ministers and advisors, the European Union, UN bodies, brands, global fashion campaigners, brands, manufacturers and industry leaders.

This year’s SAF, the third such event, aims to establish Bangladesh as one of the world’s most responsible apparel sourcing destinations. That’s why senior government representatives will be speaking and in attendance, listening to the needs of industry and what needs to be done to take Bangladesh garment production to the next level.

Senior representatives from globally renowned recycling and renewable energy companies will also be in attendance as well as exhibit their sustainability and green technologies, products and solutions under the same roof.

The SAF will showcase opportunities for much-needed green financing in the industry.
Issues under the spotlight will include climate action, environmental social & governance (ESG) and green finance, purchasing practices, circular economy, and regulatory reforms.

The Sustainable Apparel Forum takes place on 10 May 2022 in Dhaka, Bangladesh, bringing together government ministers and advisors, the European Union, UN bodies, brands, global fashion campaigners, brands, manufacturers and industry leaders.

This year’s SAF, the third such event, aims to establish Bangladesh as one of the world’s most responsible apparel sourcing destinations. That’s why senior government representatives will be speaking and in attendance, listening to the needs of industry and what needs to be done to take Bangladesh garment production to the next level.

Senior representatives from globally renowned recycling and renewable energy companies will also be in attendance as well as exhibit their sustainability and green technologies, products and solutions under the same roof.

The SAF will showcase opportunities for much-needed green financing in the industry.
Issues under the spotlight will include climate action, environmental social & governance (ESG) and green finance, purchasing practices, circular economy, and regulatory reforms.

Speakers of the SAF include Dr Tawfiq-e-elahi Chowdhury, Bir Bikrom, adviser to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh on power, energy and mineral resources; Salman F Rahman, MP, adviser to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh on private industry & investment; Tipu Munshi, MP, commerce minister of Bangladesh; Begum Monnujan Sufian, MP, state minister for labor and employment of Bangladesh; Saber Hossain Chowdhury, MP, chairman of parliamentary standing committee on ministry of environment, forest and climate change of Bangladesh;  Anna Athanasopoulou, head of unit for social economy & creative industries European Commission;  Barbara Bijelic, financial sector and regulatory engagement lead centre for responsible business conduct, OECD;  Lindita Xhaferi-Salihu, sectors engagement lead, UNFCCC; Gagan Bansal, global material innovation & strategy manager, H&M; Javier Santonja Olcina,  regional head, Bangladesh & Pakistan, Inditex; Faruque Hassan, president, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers & Exporters Association (BGMEA); Dr Mark Anner, founding director, Center for Global Workers’ Rights and also professor, Penn State University, USA; Ayesha Barenblat, founder and CEO, Remake;  Najet Draper, vice president research, Better Buying; and  Tuomo Poutiainen,  country director, Bangladesh, ILO.

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Bangladesh Apparel Exchange (BAE)

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15.04.2022

adidas and Juventus collaborate with Brazilian street artist for a more inclusive world

adidas and Juventus reveal the club’s 4th kit, designed in collaboration with Brazilian street artist, Eduardo Kobra. Together, the partners look to extend the borders of the sport and build connections with the realm of art to celebrate a more diverse and inclusive world.

Kobra, born and raised in São Paulo, is famed for his photorealistic street art murals which often challenge deep cultural and societal issues, and inspire and provoke thought with messages hidden within the art.

Kobra’s artistic expression and the values of Juventus draw many parallels, from being born in the streets to working as a platform for socialization that brings people together – both contributing to society, culture, and the new generations.

With adidas’s focus on creativity, telling real stories about real people, and the belief that sport has the power to change lives, the collaboration carries a powerful and unified message that helps bring to life the most authentic side of football.

adidas and Juventus reveal the club’s 4th kit, designed in collaboration with Brazilian street artist, Eduardo Kobra. Together, the partners look to extend the borders of the sport and build connections with the realm of art to celebrate a more diverse and inclusive world.

Kobra, born and raised in São Paulo, is famed for his photorealistic street art murals which often challenge deep cultural and societal issues, and inspire and provoke thought with messages hidden within the art.

Kobra’s artistic expression and the values of Juventus draw many parallels, from being born in the streets to working as a platform for socialization that brings people together – both contributing to society, culture, and the new generations.

With adidas’s focus on creativity, telling real stories about real people, and the belief that sport has the power to change lives, the collaboration carries a powerful and unified message that helps bring to life the most authentic side of football.

The jersey design is instantly recognisable as one of Kobra’s own, featuring his signature geometric style with the use of bright colours and bold lines, allowing the club’s diverse fanbase to express itself in a different way. The adidas and Juventus logos are embroidered into the fabric with the jersey finished by Kobra’s distinct signature as a back neck sign off.

“What we express and the way we do it speaks about who we are. We cannot be our best version if we don’t embrace diversity. Our differences are what makes us unique, which is why adidas and Juventus have been such perfect partners to work with on this special project. I hope it resonates with people as much as I enjoyed creating the artwork for it,” said Eduardo Kobra.

The new jersey is made with recycled materials, putting sustainability at the heart of the garment. It features the latest in adidas’ temperature regulation technology, AEROREADY – FEEL READY.

More information:
adidas Sportswear Recycling
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adidas AG

(c) STFI / Dirk Hanus
13.04.2022

STFI zeigt nachhaltige Leichtbauneuheiten zur JEC

Im Mittelpunkt des Messeauftritts des Sächsischen Textilforschungsinstitut e.V. (STFI) stehen im Jahr 2022 aktuelle Entwicklungen, die sich dem Recycling und der Nachhaltigkeit von Leichtbauwerkstoffen widmen. Der Einsatz von rezyklierten Hochleistungsfasern wird an diversen Anwendungsbeispielen aus den Bereichen Sport und Freizeit sowie Mobilität erlebbar gemacht. Beispielsweise werden die Ergebnisse des zum 30.03.2022 beendeten IGF-Vorhabens „VliesSMC“ präsentiert. Gemeinsam mit dem Forschungspartner Fraunhofer ICT, Pfinztal, wurde im Rahmen des Projektes der Einsatz von rezyklierten Carbonfasern in der SMC-Prozesskette detailliert untersucht. Hierzu wurden zunächst Vliesstoffe entwickelt, die es ermöglichen, die rezyklierten Carbonfasern der SMC-Anlage zuzuführen. Die hergestellten SMC-Halbzeuge konnten anschließend sowohl im Form- als auch Fließpressverfahren verarbeitet werden. Der Benchmark mit konventionellen SMC-Produkten zeigte, dass bei niedrigerem Faservolumengehalt vergleichbare Kennwerte erzielt werden konnten.

Im Mittelpunkt des Messeauftritts des Sächsischen Textilforschungsinstitut e.V. (STFI) stehen im Jahr 2022 aktuelle Entwicklungen, die sich dem Recycling und der Nachhaltigkeit von Leichtbauwerkstoffen widmen. Der Einsatz von rezyklierten Hochleistungsfasern wird an diversen Anwendungsbeispielen aus den Bereichen Sport und Freizeit sowie Mobilität erlebbar gemacht. Beispielsweise werden die Ergebnisse des zum 30.03.2022 beendeten IGF-Vorhabens „VliesSMC“ präsentiert. Gemeinsam mit dem Forschungspartner Fraunhofer ICT, Pfinztal, wurde im Rahmen des Projektes der Einsatz von rezyklierten Carbonfasern in der SMC-Prozesskette detailliert untersucht. Hierzu wurden zunächst Vliesstoffe entwickelt, die es ermöglichen, die rezyklierten Carbonfasern der SMC-Anlage zuzuführen. Die hergestellten SMC-Halbzeuge konnten anschließend sowohl im Form- als auch Fließpressverfahren verarbeitet werden. Der Benchmark mit konventionellen SMC-Produkten zeigte, dass bei niedrigerem Faservolumengehalt vergleichbare Kennwerte erzielt werden konnten.

Zukunftsweisende Materialien bieten zudem die Entwicklungen aus dem Bereich nachwachsender Rohstoffe in Kombination mit biobasierten Harzsystemen. Das Projekt Gro-Coce verfolgte das Ziel, durch die Verbindung nachhaltiger Bauprodukte und -weisen ein innovatives Deckensystem zu entwickeln, welches auf Grundlage der Holz-Beton-Verbundbauweise (HBV-Bauweise) als ökonomische und ökologisch vorteilhafte Alternative zu den momentan vorherrschenden, energie- und ressourcenintensiven Deckenkonstruktionen aus Stahlbeton funktioniert. Das Deckensystem besteht aus Holzstegen, deren Zugzone durch hochleistungsfähige hanffaserbasierte Armierungstextilien verstärkt wird. Dadurch gelingt eine deutliche Reduktion des notwendigen Holzquerschnittes und eine anforderungsgerechtere sowie verantwortungsvollere Nutzung des Querschnitts für alle üblichen Spannweiten des Hoch- und Geschossbaus. Ziel war die Verwirklichung hoher mechanischer Kennwerte der Fasern, bei gleichzeitig geringer Streuung der Materialeigenschaften, um ein im Vergleich zu industriell gefertigten Fasern konkurrenzfähiges und nachhaltiges Produkt aufbieten zu können.

Zudem stellt das STFI neueste Möglichkeiten zur kontinuierlichen Herstellung von Organoblechen vor. Unter Einsatz einer Intervallheißpresse wurden in den letzten Jahren Organobleche auf Basis unterschiedlichster Verstärkungsstrukturen in Kombination mit thermoplastischen Matrixsystemen entwickelt. Die Palette reicht dabei vom industrieüblichen PP und PA bis hin zu hochtemperaturbeständigen Polymeren wie PPS oder PEI.

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Sächsische Textilforschungsinstitut e.V. (STFI)

Photo: Erema
07.04.2022

EREMA: New R&D centre for innovative recycling technologies

Construction machinery rolls into action again. The ground-breaking ceremony at the EREMA site in Ansfelden on April, 6 signals the start of work on a new R&D centre. Two halls with a total area of 1,550 square metres and a new office building with 50 workplaces will be built. The R&D centre will offer cross-departmental and cross-company test machines and laboratory for research and development of plastics recycling technologies to further advance the circular economy. Completion is scheduled for February 2023.

Plastics recycling is currently evolving very rapidly from a niche to a trend. This is driven by the legislative targets for plastics recycling that the European Union and many countries around the world have enacted, as well as by the European Green Deal, which aims to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent and in which the circular economy plays a very central role.

Construction machinery rolls into action again. The ground-breaking ceremony at the EREMA site in Ansfelden on April, 6 signals the start of work on a new R&D centre. Two halls with a total area of 1,550 square metres and a new office building with 50 workplaces will be built. The R&D centre will offer cross-departmental and cross-company test machines and laboratory for research and development of plastics recycling technologies to further advance the circular economy. Completion is scheduled for February 2023.

Plastics recycling is currently evolving very rapidly from a niche to a trend. This is driven by the legislative targets for plastics recycling that the European Union and many countries around the world have enacted, as well as by the European Green Deal, which aims to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent and in which the circular economy plays a very central role.

However, there is not just one recycling solution for all types of plastic waste, but rather different solutions depending on the type of plastic, the product and the application intended for the recycled plastic. While some plastics processing loops, such as for PET bottles, have already been closed, many other plastic waste streams still require a great deal of R&D in cooperation with everyone involved in the value chain to produce recycled pellets that meet the very highest standards for the production of new products. More space will be available for this in the new centre.

R&D is decentralised at EREMA. In recent years, approximately 5 percent of turnover was reinvested annually in research and development. Employees from different departments handle process engineering challenges, innovations in mechanical engineering and automation technology, and special technologies with a view to further improving the quality of recycled pellets. They also focus on new recycling technologies for waste plastic materials for which there is currently no satisfactory circular economy solution. The decisive factor here is also to exploit the potential of digitalisation. By collecting and analysing machine data, not only can recycling processes and product quality be further improved, but we can also develop our digital service offering for our customers. Such offerings include customer-specific information tools that feature plant and process data, predictive maintenance and online support as well as commissioning via remote access.

For material tests, which are necessary for research and development work, an expanded machine park will be available following completion of the new R&D centre. Here, the recycling process can be evaluated end-to-end, including upstream and downstream processes such as shredding and further processing of the recycled pellets. The material tests are supported by detailed analysis in the professionally equipped laboratory, which will be relocated to the new premises and upgraded where necessary with the very latest lab equipment.

More information:
EREMA plastics recycling
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EREMA Engineering Recycling Maschinen und Anlagen GmbH

Georg Wendelin Foto: privat
Georg Wendelin
05.04.2022

EREMA mourns the passing of company co-founder Georg Wendelin

The EREMA Group mourns the passing of Georg Wendelin, company co-founder, former Managing Partner and long-time Chairman of the Supervisory Board of EREMA Group GmbH, who died on the 29th of March at the age of 84.

In 1983, at a time when plastics recycling was hardly an issue, Georg Wendelin, together with Helmut Bacher and Helmuth Schulz, laid the corner stone for the group of companies that today is a world market leader by founding the company and building the first EREMA plastics recycling machine. With pioneering spirit, a business acumen and his respectful and appreciative management style, Georg Wendelin actively shaped the success of the company, attentively and proudly keeping track of how plastics recycling went from being a niche to a trend and how the EREMA Group became a driving force behind the circular economy. In 2019, he was awarded the Golden Decoration of the Republic of Austria in recognition of his work.

The EREMA Group mourns the passing of Georg Wendelin, company co-founder, former Managing Partner and long-time Chairman of the Supervisory Board of EREMA Group GmbH, who died on the 29th of March at the age of 84.

In 1983, at a time when plastics recycling was hardly an issue, Georg Wendelin, together with Helmut Bacher and Helmuth Schulz, laid the corner stone for the group of companies that today is a world market leader by founding the company and building the first EREMA plastics recycling machine. With pioneering spirit, a business acumen and his respectful and appreciative management style, Georg Wendelin actively shaped the success of the company, attentively and proudly keeping track of how plastics recycling went from being a niche to a trend and how the EREMA Group became a driving force behind the circular economy. In 2019, he was awarded the Golden Decoration of the Republic of Austria in recognition of his work.

"We will greatly miss Georg Wendelin as a personality who was closely associated with us for all these years. Because of his humanity, he was a highly respected figure of leadership on all sides," said Manfred Hackl, CEO of EREMA Group GmbH and himself a long-time companion of Wendelin's.

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EREMA Georg Wendelin
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EREMA Group GmbH

01.04.2022

Carbios presents its 2021 Annual Results

  • 2021 Annual Results: First IFRS consolidated statements integrating the subsidiary Carbiolice
  • Plan to build a first industrial facility with a strong financial support from the French Government and the Grand-Est Region: site selected in France in partnership with Indorama Ventures, world leader in the production recycled PET
  • Successful commissioning of a demonstration facility in September 2021 and confirmation of the validity of the scale-up of Carbios’ enzymatic recycling technology
  • Takeover of Carbiolice and full integration in the consolidated IFRS statements since June 4th, 2021
  • Appointment of Philippe Pouletty as Chairman of the Board of Directors on April 1st, 2022
  • Appointment of Emmanuel Ladent as CEO of the Company on December 1st, 2021
  • Strengthening of Carbios’ financial structure: capital increase of €114 million with French and International investors and €30 million loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB)
  • Group’s cash position of €105 million as of December 31, 2021, which does not include the €30 million EIB loan due to be drawn down in the first half of 2022

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  • 2021 Annual Results: First IFRS consolidated statements integrating the subsidiary Carbiolice
  • Plan to build a first industrial facility with a strong financial support from the French Government and the Grand-Est Region: site selected in France in partnership with Indorama Ventures, world leader in the production recycled PET
  • Successful commissioning of a demonstration facility in September 2021 and confirmation of the validity of the scale-up of Carbios’ enzymatic recycling technology
  • Takeover of Carbiolice and full integration in the consolidated IFRS statements since June 4th, 2021
  • Appointment of Philippe Pouletty as Chairman of the Board of Directors on April 1st, 2022
  • Appointment of Emmanuel Ladent as CEO of the Company on December 1st, 2021
  • Strengthening of Carbios’ financial structure: capital increase of €114 million with French and International investors and €30 million loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB)
  • Group’s cash position of €105 million as of December 31, 2021, which does not include the €30 million EIB loan due to be drawn down in the first half of 2022

Carbios, a pioneer in the development of enzymatic solutions dedicated to the end-of-life of plastic, announced its operating and financial results for the year 2021. The financial statements as of December 31, 2021, were approved by the Company’s Board of Directors at their meeting on March 31, 2022.

“In 2021, Carbios achieved several technical and industrial milestones testifying of the soundness and successful execution of our strategy. The excellent results obtained from our demonstration plant confirms the industrial scale-up potential of our biological technology for the recycling of PET plastics and fibers. Together with our Consortium members, we also produced the world’s first food-grade PET sample bottles produced entirely from enzymatically recycled plastics; a world first. In addition, we have strengthened our financial structure by raising a landmark €114 million in May 2021 and we have taken full control of Carbiolice in June. In line with our objectives and with a strong financial support from the French Government and the Grand-Est Region, we will soon enable France to host the world’s first industrial facility dedicated to the biological recycling of plastics. Carbios’ enzymatic process will make it possible to recycle more than 50,000 tons of PET plastic waste per year,” comments Emmanuel Ladent, CEO of Carbios. “Our priority for 2022 is to finalize the terms of our partnership with Indorama Ventures, which will host the world’s first industrial facility operating our biological recycling process at its French production site in Longlaville. This year will also be about optimizing our commercial strategy, while continuing our innovation efforts on the end-of-life of other polymers.”

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Carbios

(c) I:Collect GmbH
01.04.2022

I:CO baut Sammelnetzwerk für getragene Textilien in Modefilialen aus

I:CO sammelt aussortierte Textilien in den Filialen der dänischen Modemarke Selected Femme/ Homme. Durch diese Zusammenarbeit können Kunden künftig ihre getragene Kleidung in den Filialen des Modeunternehmens spenden und ihnen so ein zweites Leben geben. Durch die neue Initiative in Kooperation mit SOEX werden Kleidungsstücke aller Marken und in jedem Zustand in den Filialen angenommen – solange sie trocken und sauber sind. Die aussortierte Kleidung wird anschließend im Hauptwerk der Muttergesellschaft SOEX sortiert. Weiterhin tragbare Kleidung geht somit an neue Besitzer, nicht mehr tragbare Textilien werden recycelt. Als einer der führenden Anbieter von Lösungen für das Sammeln, Sortieren, Wiederverwenden und Recyceln ermöglicht SOEX der dänischen Modemarke so ihren Nachhaltigkeitsbestrebungen nachzugehen.

Neben der neugeschlossenen Geschäftspartnerschaft zwischen SOEX und Selected Femme/ Homme kooperiert SOEX bereits mit weiteren Modeunternehmen wie Mango und H&M, um diese bei der Altkleidersammlung in ihren Filialen zu unterstützten und leistet damit einen wichtigen Beitrag, um Langlebigkeit und Kreislaufwirtschaft in der Branche zu fördern.

I:CO sammelt aussortierte Textilien in den Filialen der dänischen Modemarke Selected Femme/ Homme. Durch diese Zusammenarbeit können Kunden künftig ihre getragene Kleidung in den Filialen des Modeunternehmens spenden und ihnen so ein zweites Leben geben. Durch die neue Initiative in Kooperation mit SOEX werden Kleidungsstücke aller Marken und in jedem Zustand in den Filialen angenommen – solange sie trocken und sauber sind. Die aussortierte Kleidung wird anschließend im Hauptwerk der Muttergesellschaft SOEX sortiert. Weiterhin tragbare Kleidung geht somit an neue Besitzer, nicht mehr tragbare Textilien werden recycelt. Als einer der führenden Anbieter von Lösungen für das Sammeln, Sortieren, Wiederverwenden und Recyceln ermöglicht SOEX der dänischen Modemarke so ihren Nachhaltigkeitsbestrebungen nachzugehen.

Neben der neugeschlossenen Geschäftspartnerschaft zwischen SOEX und Selected Femme/ Homme kooperiert SOEX bereits mit weiteren Modeunternehmen wie Mango und H&M, um diese bei der Altkleidersammlung in ihren Filialen zu unterstützten und leistet damit einen wichtigen Beitrag, um Langlebigkeit und Kreislaufwirtschaft in der Branche zu fördern.

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SOEX

Photo: Pixabay
30.03.2022

EURATEX comments “Strategy for Sustainable Textile” calling for a realistic implementation

Today, March 30, the European Commission released its long-awaited Strategy for Sustainable Textile, with the ambition to move the sector towards the path of sustainability. EURATEX welcomes the EU ambitions to act on sustainable textiles and investments, in order to change how textiles are made, chosen and recovered, but calls for a smart and realistic implementation. Many European companies have already chosen this path, therefore the strategy should support them in this process, especially considering today’s energy crisis.

The strategy recognises the strategic importance of textiles, which are not only used as apparel or furniture, but applied in cars, medical equipment, agriculture, etc. It acknowledges the European Industry pro-active initiatives to tackle microplastics, to solve challenges of market surveillance and the skills needs. More cooperation is needed for re-use and recycling of textiles and to set up an EU market for secondary raw materials. On this last point, EURATEX ReHubs initiative is developing proposals to size EPR potential, to transform waste into value, and create a new capacity and jobs.

Today, March 30, the European Commission released its long-awaited Strategy for Sustainable Textile, with the ambition to move the sector towards the path of sustainability. EURATEX welcomes the EU ambitions to act on sustainable textiles and investments, in order to change how textiles are made, chosen and recovered, but calls for a smart and realistic implementation. Many European companies have already chosen this path, therefore the strategy should support them in this process, especially considering today’s energy crisis.

The strategy recognises the strategic importance of textiles, which are not only used as apparel or furniture, but applied in cars, medical equipment, agriculture, etc. It acknowledges the European Industry pro-active initiatives to tackle microplastics, to solve challenges of market surveillance and the skills needs. More cooperation is needed for re-use and recycling of textiles and to set up an EU market for secondary raw materials. On this last point, EURATEX ReHubs initiative is developing proposals to size EPR potential, to transform waste into value, and create a new capacity and jobs.

The proposed “transition pathways”, which will translate the strategy into action, will be critical in this respect: how will these sustainability targets be reached, what will the cost for SMEs be, how can companies be supported in that green transition, what about the impact on global competitiveness? These are essential questions to be addressed in the coming months.
The Textile strategy is part of much broader package, including as many as 16 new legislative actions and other policies which will directly impact on textile value chain. In particular the Sustainable Product Initiative Regulation released on March, 30 includes game-changing provisions on Digital Product Passport, Eco-Design, SMEs and Green Public Procurement.  The Regulation has an overwhelming ambition and, to be realistic, it would require a new way of joint working between institutions and business, and which builds on lessons learned on data flow across value chains, interoperability, conformity assessment and effective measures to support SMEs.

If wrongly implemented, such an unprecedented wave may cause a complete collapse of the European textile value chain under the burden of restrictions, requirements, costs and unlevel playing field. On the contrary, the changes ahead can boom the entire textile ecosystem and create a model of successful green and digital transition in manufacturing, which starts in Europe and expands globally.

Already in 2019, EURATEX asked policy makers to work together and remove barriers to circular economy, solve the market surveillance paradox in which laws are made but not checked, and to help create scale economies to make sustainable textiles affordable, hence the norm.

For example, there are 28 billion products circulating per year in EU, which is an impressive task for market surveillance authorities including customs. EURATEX has been stressing non-sufficient market surveillance and it is actively working on solutions for a fair and effective market surveillance of textile products through Reach4Textiles. EURATEX very much welcomes that the European Commission recognizes our work and the need for market surveillance by establishing more harmonised efforts in the EU.

EURATEX also welcomes the establishment of the Digital Product Passport. It has a high potential to improve every step in the textile value chain, from design and manufacturing to recycling and purchasing. At the same time, EURATEX calls the co-legislators to take into account the role of SME’s in this transition and to put forward pragmatic initiatives, supporting SME’s across the EU in a systematic approach.

Alberto Paccanelli, EURATEX President, concludes: EURATEX calls for true cooperation with all policy makers and other stakeholders across the value chains to advise, pressure-test and use this opportunity for a successful transition. Our ambition must be to reconcile sustainability, resilience and competitiveness; we know it can be done”.

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EURATEX

30.03.2022

ISKO™ signs Dutch Denim Deal

ISKO has signed the Dutch Denim Deal for circular denim. The Denim Deal, a public-private initiative, was launched by the Dutch government following the EU Green Deal and the Circular Action Plan and includes agreements to make the denim textile chain more circular. In the deal, more than 40 parties, such as Scotch & Soda, PVH and Soorty, are working together to improve post-consumer textiles in the denim industry and make fiber recycling the new norm. The signatories cover a wide range of manufacturing companies, brands and stores, collectors, sorters, cutters, and weavers.

The main objective is to collectively produce a total of 3 million jeans with (a minimum of 20%) post-consumer recycled cotton (PCR) by the end of 2023. In addition, all parties have agreed that they will work together towards the standard of at least 5% recycled textiles in all denim garments as quickly as possible. The Denim Deal is also an opportunity to set up a 'reverse supply chain' for recycled cotton and create a systemic change to close the denim cycle.

ISKO has signed the Dutch Denim Deal for circular denim. The Denim Deal, a public-private initiative, was launched by the Dutch government following the EU Green Deal and the Circular Action Plan and includes agreements to make the denim textile chain more circular. In the deal, more than 40 parties, such as Scotch & Soda, PVH and Soorty, are working together to improve post-consumer textiles in the denim industry and make fiber recycling the new norm. The signatories cover a wide range of manufacturing companies, brands and stores, collectors, sorters, cutters, and weavers.

The main objective is to collectively produce a total of 3 million jeans with (a minimum of 20%) post-consumer recycled cotton (PCR) by the end of 2023. In addition, all parties have agreed that they will work together towards the standard of at least 5% recycled textiles in all denim garments as quickly as possible. The Denim Deal is also an opportunity to set up a 'reverse supply chain' for recycled cotton and create a systemic change to close the denim cycle.

Although the denim industry still has a negative image due to its high carbon footprint, in recent years many good steps have been taken in the field of recycling. But these steps are on a small scale, limiting the overall impact.
"The Dutch Denim Deal fits perfectly into ISKO's circular strategy," says Marc Lensen, ISKO Head of Global Communication. "Our scale and knowledge of sustainable technological solutions will increase the overall impact and accelerate circularity in the denim chain.”

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ISKO / Menabò Group

30.03.2022

Carbios & Indorama Ventures: Manufacturing plant for fully bio-recycled PET

  • The plan for the reference plant is to be operational in 2025 in France (Longlaville) with a processing capacity of 50.000 tons of PET waste per year and creating 150 direct and indirect new jobs.
  • Indorama Ventures, the world’s largest producer of recycled PET for beverage bottles, plans to co-invest in this project3 and will consider expanding Carbios’ unique biological recycling process at other PET sites4 for future developments.
  • This strategic project is strongly supported by the French Government and the Grand-Est Region, with significant non-dilutive financing.

Carbios (Euronext Growth Paris: ALCRB), a pioneer in the development of enzymatic solutions dedicated to the end-of-life of plastic and textile polymers and Indorama Ventures (Bloomberg ticker: IVL.TB), one of the world-leading PET manufacturer, jointly announced a collaboration to build a manufacturing plant operating Carbios’ PET bio-recycling technology at Indorama Ventures’ PET production site in France (Longlaville, Meurthe-et-Moselle).

  • The plan for the reference plant is to be operational in 2025 in France (Longlaville) with a processing capacity of 50.000 tons of PET waste per year and creating 150 direct and indirect new jobs.
  • Indorama Ventures, the world’s largest producer of recycled PET for beverage bottles, plans to co-invest in this project3 and will consider expanding Carbios’ unique biological recycling process at other PET sites4 for future developments.
  • This strategic project is strongly supported by the French Government and the Grand-Est Region, with significant non-dilutive financing.

Carbios (Euronext Growth Paris: ALCRB), a pioneer in the development of enzymatic solutions dedicated to the end-of-life of plastic and textile polymers and Indorama Ventures (Bloomberg ticker: IVL.TB), one of the world-leading PET manufacturer, jointly announced a collaboration to build a manufacturing plant operating Carbios’ PET bio-recycling technology at Indorama Ventures’ PET production site in France (Longlaville, Meurthe-et-Moselle).

After having successfully started-up its demonstration plant in Clermont-Ferrand, Carbios is moving one step further towards the industrialization and commercialization by partnering with Indorama Ventures. The goal is to build and operate in France the world’s first industrial-scale enzymatic PET bio-recycling plant, with a processing capacity estimated at ca. 50.000 tons of post-consumer PET waste per year, equivalent to 2 billion PET bottles or 2.5 billion PET trays.

The capital investment required for the project is expected to be around €150 million for Carbios core technology, including in particular an additional purification step, which has been integrated into the process. In addition, an estimated €50 million investment will be allocated for the infrastructure preparation of the site. The project is expected to create approximatively 150 direct and indirect full-time jobs. In the coming months, Carbios expects to finalize a strong non-dilutive financial support from French Government and from the Grand-Est Region5, based on the offer received last week by Carbios, from the Minister of Industry, Agnès Pannier-Runacher and the President of Grand-Est Region, Jean Rottner.

This financial support will be conditional on the notification to the European Commission and on contractualization by French authorities. Carbios announced in its half-year results on the 30th September 2021 a cash position of €112 million. Since then, Carbios has also secured a €30 million loan from EIB.

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Carbios

24.03.2022

Polyester recycling: Thai Polyester ordered four VacuFil recycling systems from BB Engineering

BB Engineering GmbH (Germany), a subsidiary of Oerlikon Textile, is pleased to announce that Thai Polyester Co., Ltd (Thailand) has placed a major order for four VacuFil systems for recycling bottle flakes with connected direct spinning. The polyester manufacturer, established in 2001 and with an overall annual capacity of 316,800 tons, is one of Thailand’s leading producers and exclusively uses German technology. To this end, the company already operates Oerlikon Barmag and Oerlikon Neumag systems. The BB Engineer-ing VacuFil systems will be deployed to convert existing spinning plant equipment from processing polyester to processing PET bottle flakes without loss of performance.

BB Engineering GmbH (Germany), a subsidiary of Oerlikon Textile, is pleased to announce that Thai Polyester Co., Ltd (Thailand) has placed a major order for four VacuFil systems for recycling bottle flakes with connected direct spinning. The polyester manufacturer, established in 2001 and with an overall annual capacity of 316,800 tons, is one of Thailand’s leading producers and exclusively uses German technology. To this end, the company already operates Oerlikon Barmag and Oerlikon Neumag systems. The BB Engineer-ing VacuFil systems will be deployed to convert existing spinning plant equipment from processing polyester to processing PET bottle flakes without loss of performance.

BB Engineering supplies the complete recycling process – from the drying stage and extrusion, all the way through to the spinning plant-appropriate fine filtration stage. Thanks to decades of experi-ence in spinning plant technology, the German machine construc-tor also provides comprehensive spinning plant know-how and is aware of how the recycling process must be designed to ensure that the product manufactured using the spinning plant ultimately has the right quality. The four new VacuFil systems will be integrated into the existing building infrastructure and process landscape at Thai Polyester, with a total output of approx. 4,000 kg/h. The Vacu-Fil systems will be complemented by BB Engineering 3DD mixers for directly feeding dyes into the recycled melt flow. Commissioning has been scheduled for 2023.

Thai Polyester will be using the new VacuFil systems to manufac-ture its ‘EcoTPC’ recycling-brand yarns. 100% of these polyester yarns are produced from bottle, fiber and yarn waste and are all GRS certified.

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BB Engineering