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28.06.2022

EREMA Gruppe and Borealis: K 2022 preview

On June 13, EREMA Group and Borealis invited representatives of the international plastics and recycling trade press to Upper Austria for a sneak preview of the technological developments and lighthouse projects that the companies will present at K 2022, the plastics industry's international meeting place. The venue for the pre-K event was EREMA Group headquarters in Ansfelden.

On June 13, EREMA Group and Borealis invited representatives of the international plastics and recycling trade press to Upper Austria for a sneak preview of the technological developments and lighthouse projects that the companies will present at K 2022, the plastics industry's international meeting place. The venue for the pre-K event was EREMA Group headquarters in Ansfelden.

EREMA Group K 2022 preview
In Düsseldorf, the subsidiaries of the EREMA Group - which are EREMA, PURE LOOP, UMAC, 3S, KEYCYCLE and PLASMAC - will present their technological innovations, services and support together at a Group trade fair stand for the first time. Seven new recycling systems and components will be presented that enable large-scale plants with a production capacity of up to 6 t/h while setting a milestone in recyclate quality and process stability. This is made possible by technological innovations in the plasticizing unit that have been specially developed for high throughputs with low specific energy consumption, the new EREMA 406 laser filter with a 50 percent larger screening area, and new digital assistance systems that will be launched at K 2022 and made available on the BluPort® customer platform. These include, for example, the PredictOn app, which helps to anticipate and eliminate imminent malfunctions based on continuous measurement and evaluation of machine data.

New series of machines for new target groups
For customers looking for rapidly available recycling systems for simple applications, EREMA Group subsidiary UMAC has an innovation in store for K 2022. The company, which has so far specialised in refurbishing and trading in previously owned equipment, is expanding its business area and in Düsseldorf will launch READYMAC, a standardised, prefabricated recycling solution that can be produced from stock, based on proven EREMA TVE technology.

Finally, in the inhouse recycling segment, PURE LOOP and PLASMAC will round off the wide range of machines offered by the group of companies with their product portfolio.

Live recycling and lighthouse projects at the Circonomic Center
In the outdoor area of the K show, EREMA will bring plastics recycling to life with live demonstrations in conjunction with cooperation partners. Different waste streams are processed for this purpose. The wide variety of high-quality applications for recyclate will be showcased in the "products made of recyclate" exhibition, ranging from technical components to consumer goods and food packaging.

Borealis – accelerating the transition towards a more circular future
Borealis is committed to using their expertise and global reach to advance the circular economy of plastics. At the joint Pre-K 2022 kick-off on June 13, Borealis provided a preview of their integrated way of circular thinking and featured topics and activities at the K Fair 2022 in October. The preview covered new technologies and innovations including new packaging and infrastructure applications of the Bornewables™ portfolio of circular polyolefin products, manufactured with renewable feedstocks. New applications for Design for Recyclability, Re-Use, chemical recycling and advanced mechanical recycling were also on display.

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EREMA Group GmbH

ANDRITZ Nonwoven Wetlace CP-Linie Photo: Andritz
28.06.2022

ANDRITZ: First nonwovens pilot line for wipes with integrated wetlaid pulp process

International technology group ANDRITZ has established a new inline Wetlace™ CP pilot line with an original design at its center of competence in Montbonnot, France. The line combines both spunlace and wetlaid technologies.

From now on, partners will be able to conduct trials and test all options available for wipes production – from carded staple fibers to pulp and various combinations thereof. The combination of both spunlace and wetlaid technologies offers to move forward to more sustainable options while maintaining a high level of product quality, in particular by achieving high CD strength and good linting properties.

Over the past few decades, ANDRITZ has continued to innovate with various nonwoven processes, like spunlace, WetlaceTM and Wetlace™ CP, with the aim of optimizing the use of raw materials and focusing on sustainability by reducing the synthetic fiber content. Facing the growing demand for bio-wipes in parallel with enforcement of the EU’s single-use plastics directive last year, ANDRITZ has decided to support its customers making their investment decisions.

International technology group ANDRITZ has established a new inline Wetlace™ CP pilot line with an original design at its center of competence in Montbonnot, France. The line combines both spunlace and wetlaid technologies.

From now on, partners will be able to conduct trials and test all options available for wipes production – from carded staple fibers to pulp and various combinations thereof. The combination of both spunlace and wetlaid technologies offers to move forward to more sustainable options while maintaining a high level of product quality, in particular by achieving high CD strength and good linting properties.

Over the past few decades, ANDRITZ has continued to innovate with various nonwoven processes, like spunlace, WetlaceTM and Wetlace™ CP, with the aim of optimizing the use of raw materials and focusing on sustainability by reducing the synthetic fiber content. Facing the growing demand for bio-wipes in parallel with enforcement of the EU’s single-use plastics directive last year, ANDRITZ has decided to support its customers making their investment decisions.

The Montbonnot pilot line has been rebuilt to integrate the new headbox inside the spunlace line. Pulp can be fed in directly and entangled with carded staple fibers to produce unique nonwoven fabrics designed for end uses as bio-wipes.

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Andritz

27.06.2022

Transforming textile waste into feedstock

Europe has a 7-7.5-million-ton waste problem, of which only 30-35% is collected today. The ReHubs initiative launched in 2020 has now completed a Techno Economic Master Study (TES) and it sheds light on key figures and options to collaborate to solve the European waste problem.

In two and a half year all EU member states are obliged to separately collect textile waste. Currently there are no large-scaled plans to use that waste.  The largest portion of the waste (around 85%) comes from households.

Europe has a 7-7.5-million-ton waste problem, of which only 30-35% is collected today. The ReHubs initiative launched in 2020 has now completed a Techno Economic Master Study (TES) and it sheds light on key figures and options to collaborate to solve the European waste problem.

In two and a half year all EU member states are obliged to separately collect textile waste. Currently there are no large-scaled plans to use that waste.  The largest portion of the waste (around 85%) comes from households.

The ReHubs initiative brings together key European and world players to solve the textile waste problem by transforming “waste” into a resource and to boost textile circular business models at large scale. The completed TES has accessed critical information on solving the European waste problem. It is estimated that to reach a collection rate from 18 to 26 percent by 2030, 7 billion euro will be needed. Once matured and scaled, the textile recycling industry could become a profitable industry with a total market size of 6-8 billion € and around 15,000 direct new jobs by 2030. As a first step the ReHubs Initiative announces different actions forwards, including projects on this pathway, which one is to transform textile waste into feedstock.

TEXAID has been supporting ReHubs since the start and contributed significantly involved to the Business Council and the Steering Committee of the initiative. As strongly committed industry leader TEXAID is taking the lead on the project to transform textile waste into feedstock for recycling processes. In order to handle the increasing quantities of post-consumer textile waste a massive scale up of sorting and preparation for recycling of used textiles is needed. TEXAID is committed to lead the work on developing new technologies and building up additional capacities for the handling and preparing of textile waste for textile recycling in Europe. In a first phase this involves the built up of a new sorting and pre-processing facility with the capacity of 50’00 tons p.a. by 2024.

More information:
ReHubs Texaid
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TEXAID

Photo: Filidea Technical Yarns
27.06.2022

Filidea Technical Yarns: New products and markets under the banner of sustainable evolution

  • New yarns for the contract furnishing world, for industrial sewing threads and the challenge of biodegradable polyester

At the product level, big impulse has been given to the range of industrial sewing threads for various uses, with new references both in the polyester + polyester compositions as well as in cotton + polyester. The industrial threads, marketed as raw material, allow the company to consolidate its position on some strategic markets, such as in Germany.

As a result of the partnership with Trevira® for the spinning of the flame-retardant Trevira®CS fibre, Filidea Technical Yarns reinforces its offer of non-dyed performant yarns aimed at the world of contract furnishings. The sector of hospitality, of furnishings for public and work spaces, fairs and areas for social-cultural gatherings will find a comprehensive answer to its demands in the Trevira®CS-based yarns: with regard to fireproof standards, versatility, resistance to wear and tear, excellent colour rendering, and last but not least, the component of fibre sustainability, an essential value for the design of spaces for collective use.

  • New yarns for the contract furnishing world, for industrial sewing threads and the challenge of biodegradable polyester

At the product level, big impulse has been given to the range of industrial sewing threads for various uses, with new references both in the polyester + polyester compositions as well as in cotton + polyester. The industrial threads, marketed as raw material, allow the company to consolidate its position on some strategic markets, such as in Germany.

As a result of the partnership with Trevira® for the spinning of the flame-retardant Trevira®CS fibre, Filidea Technical Yarns reinforces its offer of non-dyed performant yarns aimed at the world of contract furnishings. The sector of hospitality, of furnishings for public and work spaces, fairs and areas for social-cultural gatherings will find a comprehensive answer to its demands in the Trevira®CS-based yarns: with regard to fireproof standards, versatility, resistance to wear and tear, excellent colour rendering, and last but not least, the component of fibre sustainability, an essential value for the design of spaces for collective use.

Continuing in the development of sustainable production across the sector, the company has undertaken two important initiatives with other actors in the textile supply chain. Filidea participates in Trick, the European blockchain project – part of the European Horizon 2020 programme – involving 29 partners from six different nations to reinforce the circular economy thanks to the development of a digital platform which is complete, traceable and available to operators in the textile sector.

MagnoLab, the network of enterprises in the textile supply chain, and of which Filidea is one of the founding members, gives the impulse to constant R&D activities. MagnoLab was established in 2022 in order to develop tangible solutions for the sector, to create values and to collaborate with regard to current and future demands.

MagnoLab brings together textile companies which are active at various stages of and with complementary roles in the supply chain, and which work in synergy and share objectives, resourcefulness and long-sightedness, with the aim of developing innovation in a structured way. MagnoLab is also open to welcome new partners.

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Filidea Technical Yarns

Neonyt Lab, 24. bis 26. Juni 2022, Union Halle, Frankfurt am Main Foto: Messe Frankfurt
27.06.2022

Neonyt Lab: Gemeinsam für eine nachhaltigere Fashion-Industrie

„Nachhaltige Mode macht einen Unterschied. Wir machen einen Unterschied!“ – das waren zwei der wichtigsten Botschaften, die die Community des Neonyt Lab nach drei bunten Veranstaltungstagen unter dem Motto „New Patterns“ in der Union Halle in Frankfurt am Main mitgenommen hat. Die Premiere des Direct to Consumer-Formats besuchten Designer*innen, Aktivist*innen, Konsument*innen und Content Creator*innen sowie Vertreter*innen aus der Modeindustrie aus 22 Ländern.

„Nachhaltige Mode macht einen Unterschied. Wir machen einen Unterschied!“ – das waren zwei der wichtigsten Botschaften, die die Community des Neonyt Lab nach drei bunten Veranstaltungstagen unter dem Motto „New Patterns“ in der Union Halle in Frankfurt am Main mitgenommen hat. Die Premiere des Direct to Consumer-Formats besuchten Designer*innen, Aktivist*innen, Konsument*innen und Content Creator*innen sowie Vertreter*innen aus der Modeindustrie aus 22 Ländern.

Am 26. Juni ging das erste Neonyt Lab in Frankfurt am Main zu Ende. Wie in einem Labor konnte man von Freitag, den 24. Juni bis Sonntag in der Union Halle in Frankfurt am Main mit nachhaltiger Mode experimentieren: Sustainable Fashion Styles zusammenstellen und direkt kaufen, in die Nachhaltigkeitsdiskussion eintauchen, sich informieren und vernetzen oder mitmachen und sich mit vielen guten Ideen einbringen. Das Konzept des Neonyt Lab, sich auch für Verbraucher*innen zu öffnen, war neu: Die nachhaltige Fashion-Szene aus insgesamt 22 Ländern, u.a. Deutschland, Österreich, Schweiz, Spanien, Polen, Dänemark, war anwesend. Auf einer Ausstellungs- und Shopping-Fläche von 1.000 m² mit mehr als 30 nachhaltigen Fashion-, Beauty- und Lifestyle-Brands sowie einem umfassenden Event- und Talkprogramm wurde an den drei Veranstaltungstagen viel geboten. Unterstützt wurde des Neonyt Lab von Engagement Global und Oeko-Tex.

Wichtiger Impulsgeber und von den Besucher*innen stark frequentiert waren die zahlreichen Diskussionsrunden, Interviews und Workshops der Fashionsustain, das Konferenzformat des Neonyt Lab. Ein Höhepunkt war die Auszeichnung von Michael Spitzbarth, Founder & CEO von Bleed, als Designer des Jahres für nachhaltige Kollektionen. Der Nachhaltigkeitsaward wird vom VDMD – Netzwerk Deutscher Mode- und Textil-Designer – an Designer*innen verliehen, die sich mit ihren Entwürfen und Kollektionen dem Thema Nachhaltigkeit ganzheitlich verschrieben haben.

More information:
Neonyt Lab
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Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH

Foto: Textil vernetzt
24.06.2022

Fachtagung von Textil vernetzt auf der Techtextil

Seit knapp fünf Jahren begleitet das Mittelstand 4.0-Kompetenzzentrum Textil vernetzt kleine und mittlere Unternehmen der Textil- und Modeindustrie, des Textilmaschinenbaus und angrenzender Branchen beim Ausbau ihrer digitalen Fitness.

Wie die textile Wertschöpfung mit Blockchain, KI und Robotik nachhaltiger, individueller und zuverlässiger werden kann, stand im Fokus der diesjährigen Fachtagung des Kompetenzzentrums anlässlich der Techtextil Messe in Frankfurt.

Dass Mensch und Maschine im Zusammenspiel wesentlich zur Effizienzsteigerung der Produktion beitragen, verdeutlichte Dirk Zschenderlein, Leiter Intelligente Produktionssysteme, Modellierung und Prozessmanagement am Sächsischen Textilforschungsinstitut in Chemnitz in seinem Vortrag. „Automatisierung und Robotik unterstützen die Menschen bei ihrer Arbeit und werden in Zukunft noch mehr und einfacher einsetzbar sein“, so Zschenderlein.

Seit knapp fünf Jahren begleitet das Mittelstand 4.0-Kompetenzzentrum Textil vernetzt kleine und mittlere Unternehmen der Textil- und Modeindustrie, des Textilmaschinenbaus und angrenzender Branchen beim Ausbau ihrer digitalen Fitness.

Wie die textile Wertschöpfung mit Blockchain, KI und Robotik nachhaltiger, individueller und zuverlässiger werden kann, stand im Fokus der diesjährigen Fachtagung des Kompetenzzentrums anlässlich der Techtextil Messe in Frankfurt.

Dass Mensch und Maschine im Zusammenspiel wesentlich zur Effizienzsteigerung der Produktion beitragen, verdeutlichte Dirk Zschenderlein, Leiter Intelligente Produktionssysteme, Modellierung und Prozessmanagement am Sächsischen Textilforschungsinstitut in Chemnitz in seinem Vortrag. „Automatisierung und Robotik unterstützen die Menschen bei ihrer Arbeit und werden in Zukunft noch mehr und einfacher einsetzbar sein“, so Zschenderlein.

Nachhaltigkeit steht für das Kompetenzzentrum Textil vernetzt im Fokus auf dem Weg hin zu einer digitalen Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft. Wie Unternehmen die digitale Transformation gestalten, Chancen erkennen und Herausforderungen meistern, darüber diskutierten Holger Fischer von BEAS Technology und Peter Brunsberg von bagjack.

„Mut zur Veränderung ist eine Triebkraft für neue Geschäftsmodelle“, so Alexander Artschwager, verantwortlich für die Gesamtkonzeption der Digital Textile Microfactory am Schaufenster an den Deutschen Instituten für Textil- und Faserforschung, und erläuterte. wie durch Micro Factories neue Produktionsstrukturen für Nearshoring abgebildet werden können.

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Mittelstand 4.0-Kompetenzzentrum Textil vernetzt

(c) Coperion GmbH
24.06.2022

Coperion: New Development for Plastic Fiber and Flake Recycling

With the goal of making recycling of lightweight, high-volume fiber and flake recyclate much more economical and, in some cases even possible, Coperion has developed a new version of its ZS-B side feeder. Using the innovative ZS-B MEGAfeed, plastic recyclate with a bulk density under 200 kg/m³, long considered intake-limited and thus not worth recycling, can be reliably fed in large quantities into Coperion’s ZSK twin screw extruder and be concurrently recycled and compounded.

The ZS-B side feeder’s novel design makes it possible to feed very high rates of fiber and flakes, such as PA, PE, PET, and PP. As a result, the ZSK twin screw extruder’s high capacity can be fully exploited when the ZS-B MEGAfeed is used. Very high throughputs in both mechanical and chemical recycling of post-industrial and post-consumer waste are achieved.

With the goal of making recycling of lightweight, high-volume fiber and flake recyclate much more economical and, in some cases even possible, Coperion has developed a new version of its ZS-B side feeder. Using the innovative ZS-B MEGAfeed, plastic recyclate with a bulk density under 200 kg/m³, long considered intake-limited and thus not worth recycling, can be reliably fed in large quantities into Coperion’s ZSK twin screw extruder and be concurrently recycled and compounded.

The ZS-B side feeder’s novel design makes it possible to feed very high rates of fiber and flakes, such as PA, PE, PET, and PP. As a result, the ZSK twin screw extruder’s high capacity can be fully exploited when the ZS-B MEGAfeed is used. Very high throughputs in both mechanical and chemical recycling of post-industrial and post-consumer waste are achieved.

Increased Throughput in Numbers
With a ZSK 58 Mc18 twin screw extruder, the throughput increase and thus the potential of the new ZS-B MEGAfeed becomes very clear. When recycling PA fibers with a bulk density of ~40-50 kg/m3, throughputs of 70 kg/h were previously achieved using conventional equipment. When the PA fibers were fed into the ZSK extruder using the ZS-B MEGAfeed, throughputs increased about fourteenfold to 1,000 kg/h. Similar results were achieved recycling carbon fibers with a bulk density of ~50-70 kg/m3; in this case, throughputs increased from 50 kg/h to 2,500 kg/h using the ZS-B MEGAfeed. When recycling PCR (Post-Consumer Recycled) flakes, throughputs increased from 50 kg/h to 700 kg/h, and from 80 kg/h to 1,300 kg/h with multilayer film flakes.

Key to Economical Recycling of A Wide Variety of Plastics
Plastics previously considered not recyclable are becoming a valuable raw material using the new Coperion ZS-B MEGAfeed. For example, PCR flakes or recyclate from carbon fiber-reinforced plastics can now be fed into the ZSK extruder at high feed rates and recycled economically.

In the case of mechanical upcycling, upstream processes necessary for compounding, such as compacting, melting and agglomeration, are completely eliminated using the ZS-B MEGAfeed technology. In this recycling process, flakes and fibers can be fed directly into the ZSK extruder, where they are melted, compounded, devolatilized, and filtered in a single step. In so doing, both investment costs and energy consumption drop. The production process becomes significantly more efficient. Moreover, the thermal product stress is reduced and recyclate quality increases.

Even when recycling PET, the feed rate is no longer a limiting factor. With the ZS-B MEGAfeed, PET flakes and fibers can be fed into the ZSK twin screw extruder in large quantities with no pre-drying or crystallizing, where they can be processed with the highest degree of profitability.

The ZS-B MEGAfeed can also feed large quantities of post-consumer waste, adding appreciable value to the chemical recycling process with the ZSKs. ZSK throughput rates are very high with the ZS-B MEGAfeed. Preheating of the recyclate via mechanical energy input of the twin screws thus becomes even more economical for further processing in the reactor.

Existing Coperion extruders can be retrofitted with ZS-B MEGAfeed technology to greatly expand their spectrum of applications and increase their throughput rates.

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Coperion GmbH / Konsens Public Relations GmbH & Co. KG

(c) SPEIDEL GmbH
24.06.2022

Speidel präsentiert neue Basic-Wäscheserie

Speidel macht bei der neuen Basic-Serie „Be natural - clean & comfy cotton” keine Kompromisse. Hergestellt aus hochwertiger Bio-Baumwolle bietet die Wohlfühlwäsche Nachhaltigkeit und Komfort: Be natural begeistert mit Natur pur und ist mit einem Bio-Baumwollanteil von 93 Prozent auch GOTS zertifiziert.

Farbe Natur: nur gewaschen, nicht gebleicht oder gefärbt
Besonders nachhaltig sind alle Wäscheteile in der Farbe Natur, die nur gewaschen sind und nicht chemisch behandelt werden. Sie werden farbstofffrei und ohne optische Aufheller hergestellt – der Umwelt und den Trägerinnen zuliebe. Neben Natur gibt es die neue Serie aber auch in den Farben Weiß und Grün. Alle drei Nuancen spiegeln die Verbundenheit mit der Natur wider und erinnern an das Farbenspiel der Schwäbischen Alb.

Speidel macht bei der neuen Basic-Serie „Be natural - clean & comfy cotton” keine Kompromisse. Hergestellt aus hochwertiger Bio-Baumwolle bietet die Wohlfühlwäsche Nachhaltigkeit und Komfort: Be natural begeistert mit Natur pur und ist mit einem Bio-Baumwollanteil von 93 Prozent auch GOTS zertifiziert.

Farbe Natur: nur gewaschen, nicht gebleicht oder gefärbt
Besonders nachhaltig sind alle Wäscheteile in der Farbe Natur, die nur gewaschen sind und nicht chemisch behandelt werden. Sie werden farbstofffrei und ohne optische Aufheller hergestellt – der Umwelt und den Trägerinnen zuliebe. Neben Natur gibt es die neue Serie aber auch in den Farben Weiß und Grün. Alle drei Nuancen spiegeln die Verbundenheit mit der Natur wider und erinnern an das Farbenspiel der Schwäbischen Alb.

Liefertermin Februar 2023
Die bequem sitzenden Wäscheteile aus umweltfreundlichem und natürlichem Material – 93 Prozent Bio-Baumwolle und 7 Prozent Elasthan – begleiten wunderbar durch den Alltag. Die drei Slipformen Bikinislip, Midislip und Hipster werden durch Soft BH, Bügel BH und Schalen BH Triangle ergänzt. So findet jede Frau ihre persönlichen Lieblingsteile. Das Achselhemd rundet die Serie ab und kann auch wunderbar lässig zur Jeans oder einem Sommerrock getragen werden. Die Kollektion ist ab Februar 2023 erhältlich.

 

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SPEIDEL GmbH / Panama PR GmbH

Euratex
24.06.2022

EURATEX’s ReHubs initiative: Fiber-to-fiber recycling

The ReHubs initiative brings together key European and world players to solve the European textile waste problem by transforming “waste” into a resource, and to boost textile circular business model at large scale.

This collaboration is set to turn the societal textile waste issue into a business opportunity and to fulfil the EU ambitions of the Green Deal, of the mandatory texile waste collection by end 2024 and the transition into Circular Economy.

In 2020 EURATEX launched the ReHubs initiative to promote collaboration across the extended textile value chain and considering all perspectives on chemicals, fibers making, textiles making, garments production, retail and distribution, textiles waste collection, sorting and recycling.

In June 2022 ReHubs completes a Techno Economic master Study (TES) which researches critical information on the feedstock (textile waste) data, on technology, organizational and financial needs to recycle 2.5 million tons of textile waste by 2030 and to effectively launch the ReHubs.

The ReHubs initiative brings together key European and world players to solve the European textile waste problem by transforming “waste” into a resource, and to boost textile circular business model at large scale.

This collaboration is set to turn the societal textile waste issue into a business opportunity and to fulfil the EU ambitions of the Green Deal, of the mandatory texile waste collection by end 2024 and the transition into Circular Economy.

In 2020 EURATEX launched the ReHubs initiative to promote collaboration across the extended textile value chain and considering all perspectives on chemicals, fibers making, textiles making, garments production, retail and distribution, textiles waste collection, sorting and recycling.

In June 2022 ReHubs completes a Techno Economic master Study (TES) which researches critical information on the feedstock (textile waste) data, on technology, organizational and financial needs to recycle 2.5 million tons of textile waste by 2030 and to effectively launch the ReHubs.

EURATEX’s ReHubs initiative plans to pursue fiber-to-fiber recycling for 2.5 million tons of textile waste by 2030
According ReHubs Techno Economic Master Study (TES), the textile recycling industry could generate in Europe around 15,000 direct new jobs by 2030, and increase need for nearshoring and reshoring of textile manufacturing.

The textile recycling industry in Europe could reach economic, social and environmental benefits for €3.5 billion to €4.5 billion by 2030
“Transform Waste into Feedstock” announced as first project supported by the ReHubs, and aiming at building up a first 50,000 tons capacity facility by 2024.

Europe has a 7-7.5 million tons textile waste problem, of which only 30-35% is collected today.  

Based on the ambitious European Waste law, all EU Member States must separately collect the textile waste in 2 years and half. While some countries are designing schemes to face the waste collection challenge, currently no large-scale plan exist to process the waste.

The largest source of textile waste (85%) comes from private households and approximately 99% of the textile waste was made using virgin fibers.

Euratex  assesses that to reach a fiber-to-fiber recycling rate of around 18 to 26 percent by 2030, a capital expenditure investment in the range of 6 billion € to 7 billion € will be needed, particularly to scale up sufficient sorting and processing infrastructure. The economic, social, and environmental value which could be realized, potentially total an annual impact of €3.5-4.5 billion by 2030.

Once matured and scaled, the textile recycling industry could become a profitable industry with a total market size of 6-8 billion € and around 15,000 direct new jobs by 2030.

Next steps of the ReHubs initiative

  • A European textile recycling roadmap proposing Objectives and Key Results to recycle fiber-to-fiber 2.5 million of textile waste by 2030
  • A leading collaboration hub with large players and SMEs from across an extended European textile recycling value chain
  • A first concrete portfolio of 4 launching projects:
    - Transform textile waste into feedstock
    - Increase the adoption of mechanically recycled fibers in the value chain
    - Expand capacity by solving technical challenges for thermo-mechanical textiles recycling
    - Create capsule collection with post-consumer recycled products

The 1st project addresses current sorting technologies which have limits to identify materials with sufficient accuracy for the subsequent circular recycling processes. The “Transform Waste into Feedstock” project will focus on further developing and scaling such sorting technologies. The project group led by Texaid AG aims on building up a first 50,000 tons facility by the end 2024.

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Euratex

23.06.2022

EFI präsentiert umweltfreundlichen Pigmenttextildrucker

Auf der FESPA Global Print Expo präsentierte Electronics For Imaging Lösungen für Werbetechnik und den industriellen Textildruck. Die neue EFI™ Reggiani ecoTERRA Pigmentlösung, die dort erstmals vorgestellt wurde, ist eine integrierte Lösung für einen optimierten, umweltfreundlicheren Textildruck.

Auf der FESPA Global Print Expo präsentierte Electronics For Imaging Lösungen für Werbetechnik und den industriellen Textildruck. Die neue EFI™ Reggiani ecoTERRA Pigmentlösung, die dort erstmals vorgestellt wurde, ist eine integrierte Lösung für einen optimierten, umweltfreundlicheren Textildruck.

Nachhaltiger Textildirektdruck
Der EFI Reggiani ecoTERRA wird im Laufe des Jahres 2022 erhältlich sein und ist eine All-in-One-Lösung für wasserbasierten Pigmentdruck, der für die Vor- und Nachbehandlung keine weitere Zusatzausrüstung benötigt. Seine zum Patent angemeldete Technologie reduziert den Energie- und Wasserverbrauch insgesamt drastisch, um so den Textildirektdruck noch nachhaltiger zu gestalten.
 
Nutzer profitieren von den hervorragenden Nass- und Trockenechtheitseigenschaften, der Detailschärfe und der Haltbarkeit des ecoTERRA. Gleichzeitig wartet das Gerät bei reduzierten Wartungskosten mit einer längeren Lebensdauer der Druckköpfe auf.
 
Die neue Auswahl an ecoTERRA Tinten umfasst 7 Farben – Cyan, Magenta, Gelb, Schwarz, Blau, Rot und Grün – für einen erweiterten Farbraum. Der EFI Reggiani ecoTERRA verfügt zudem über eine neue und verbesserte Einheit für die Polymerisierung und Veredelung, wodurch dem Stoff eine weichere Haptik verliehen wird – so entsteht ein Produkt, das auch den strengsten Auflagen der Textilindustrie gerecht wird.

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EFI GmbH

(c) VDMA
Award winners with foundation chairman and professors
23.06.2022

VDMA: Junior engineers with focus on sustainability

On the occasion of the Techtextil fair in Frankfurt, the Chairman of VDMA’s Walter Reiners-Stiftung Foundation, Peter D. Dornier, has awarded prizes to seven successful young engineers. For the first time, the Foundation awarded two Sustainability Awards. They are awarded to academic works in which, for example, solutions for resource-saving products and technologies are developed.

A Sustainability Prize in the category Project Work, endowed with 3.000 euros was awarded to Simon Hoebel, TU Dresden, for his thesis on recycled thermoplastic fibres for composite components.
Marina Michel, TU Dresden, received a Sustainability Award in the category Master, worth 3.500 euros. The topic of her master thesis was the functionalisation of yarns for the filtration of micro- and nanoplastics from water.

A Promotion Prize in the category Project Work, endowed with 4.000 euros, was awarded to a student group from RWTH Aachen. The teamwork of Luis Gleissner, Leopold Habersbrunner, Frederic Olbrich and Frederik Schicks was the construction of a test rig for tests on oil-adsorbing textiles.

On the occasion of the Techtextil fair in Frankfurt, the Chairman of VDMA’s Walter Reiners-Stiftung Foundation, Peter D. Dornier, has awarded prizes to seven successful young engineers. For the first time, the Foundation awarded two Sustainability Awards. They are awarded to academic works in which, for example, solutions for resource-saving products and technologies are developed.

A Sustainability Prize in the category Project Work, endowed with 3.000 euros was awarded to Simon Hoebel, TU Dresden, for his thesis on recycled thermoplastic fibres for composite components.
Marina Michel, TU Dresden, received a Sustainability Award in the category Master, worth 3.500 euros. The topic of her master thesis was the functionalisation of yarns for the filtration of micro- and nanoplastics from water.

A Promotion Prize in the category Project Work, endowed with 4.000 euros, was awarded to a student group from RWTH Aachen. The teamwork of Luis Gleissner, Leopold Habersbrunner, Frederic Olbrich and Frederik Schicks was the construction of a test rig for tests on oil-adsorbing textiles.

Felix Zerbes, RWTH Aachen, was awarded a Promotion Prize of 3.500 euros in the category Master. He developed a technical solution for air jet weaving to improve the quality of woven fabric.

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VDMA e. V.

23.06.2022

Neonyt Fashion Show mit dem Thema "Biosphere-Technosphere" als multimediale Show

Am 23. Juni wurde das Atelier Lihotzky im Frankfurter Ostend Schauplatz einer Symbiose von Natur und Technik. Die Neonyt Fashion Show thematisierte mit „Biosphere-Technosphere“ das Zusammenspiel von Mensch und Umwelt; die Elemente Wasser, Luft und Erde im Clash mit unserer industrialisierten, digitalisierten Welt. In 31 Multibrand-Looks und einem multimedialen Runway zeigten rund 50 Brands die Zukunft der (nachhaltigen) Mode.

Der Fokus der Neonyt Fashion Show lag auf der Verbindung von Natur und ihren Elementen Wasser, Luft und Erde mit allem, was Menschen erschaffen – von Infrastruktur über Architektur, der industriellen Landwirtschaft und der digitalen Welt. Die Kombination dieser scheinbar kontroversen Themen spannte den Bogen zu unserem gegenwärtigen Erdzeitalter, dem Anthropozän, in dem der Mensch zu einem der wichtigsten Einflussfaktoren auf die biologischen, geologischen und atmosphärischen Vorgänge auf der Erde geworden ist.

Am 23. Juni wurde das Atelier Lihotzky im Frankfurter Ostend Schauplatz einer Symbiose von Natur und Technik. Die Neonyt Fashion Show thematisierte mit „Biosphere-Technosphere“ das Zusammenspiel von Mensch und Umwelt; die Elemente Wasser, Luft und Erde im Clash mit unserer industrialisierten, digitalisierten Welt. In 31 Multibrand-Looks und einem multimedialen Runway zeigten rund 50 Brands die Zukunft der (nachhaltigen) Mode.

Der Fokus der Neonyt Fashion Show lag auf der Verbindung von Natur und ihren Elementen Wasser, Luft und Erde mit allem, was Menschen erschaffen – von Infrastruktur über Architektur, der industriellen Landwirtschaft und der digitalen Welt. Die Kombination dieser scheinbar kontroversen Themen spannte den Bogen zu unserem gegenwärtigen Erdzeitalter, dem Anthropozän, in dem der Mensch zu einem der wichtigsten Einflussfaktoren auf die biologischen, geologischen und atmosphärischen Vorgänge auf der Erde geworden ist.

Neue Dimensionen und regenerative Systeme
Die Biosphäre wurde vor allem durch die Silhouetten und Strukturen in den Looks repräsentiert, wie auch durch die organischen und regenerativen Materialien, aus denen ein Großteil der Kollektionsteile gefertigt wurde. So werden auf der Neonyt Fashion Show biologisch angebaute oder nachhaltigere regenerative Materialien zugelassen, die dazu beitragen, wertvolle Ressourcen wie sauberes Wasser, Energie und Land zu schützen und damit zu einem gesunden Ökosystem beitragen.

Die Technosphäre, zu der qua Definition auch die Menschen gehören, wurde in der Inszenierung über die Verschmelzung von der digitalen Welt mit der realen Welt über große LED Screens dargestellt, auf denen digitaler Content sowie Close-ups und Überblendungen der gezeigten Looks zu sehen waren. In den Kollektionen manifestiert sich die Technosphäre in den Themen Recycling bzw. recycelte Chemiefasern, sauberer Chemikalieneinsatz oder im technischen Kreislauf des Cradle2Cradle-Konzepts. Visuell stellte sich die Technosphäre in glänzenden und reflektierenden Oberflächen dar sowie in Sportswear- und Outdoor Styles.

Insgesamt zeigten ca. 50 Brands in 31 Looks eine Bandbreite von etablierten Marken und upcoming Avantgarde Brands: Ai Komoto, Akjumii, Andy Wolf, Anna Auras, Antje Pugnat, Arys, Ayede, Catalouge of Disguise by Tanja Bombach, Céline Breton, Chika Takahashi, Clean Waves, Damur, Ecoalf, Fade Out Label, Falke, Florentina Leitner, Good Guys Don’t Wear Leather, Hell Hell Studio, KC Dubbick, Lanius, Laura Gerte, Maison Baum, Maximilian Mogg, MCM x Selassie, Muntinøus by Pino Pipoli, Myfassbender, Nat-2, Neubau, Nightboutique, PB 0110, Plas Collective, Pool Berlin, Provincia Studio, Save the Duck x Edward Crutchley, Souvenir Official x Ajobyajo, Spaccio Maglieria, Spatz Hutdesign, Timberland, Tiziano Guardini, Tizz & Tonic, Trakatan, Tribal Hotel, Trippen, Tuuli-Tytti Koivula, Uncommon Matters, Virginia Evangelista, Virón, Vitelli, Vladimir Karaleev und Wunderwerk.

Zum Publikum zählten Personen aus Wirtschaft und Politik sowie Industrie-Insider*innen aus der Mode- und Nachhaltigkeitsbranche. Einkäufer*innen, Designer*innen, Künstler*innen waren gleichermaßen anwesend wie (inter-)nationale Fachpresse, Tageszeitungen, Modezeitschriften, Content Creator*innen, TV und Hörfunk. Auch waren Aktivist*innen von Fashion Revolution und Vertreter*innen des Fashion Impact Fund vor Ort.

Source:

Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH

22.06.2022

Avgol® wins Innovation Award at the RIGHT Hygiene conference

  • Biotransformation technology for nonwovens

Avgol® has received the prestigious Innovation Award at the RIGHT Hygiene conference in recognition of its collaboration with Polymateria in development of pioneering biotransformation technology for nonwovens.
 
Biotransformation is a unique functionality wherein a conventional nonwoven fabric can be modified to react to certain triggers to then begin a cascade, and importantly a fundamental chemical transformation of the polymer resin into a wax that is readily degraded by natural bacteria, microbes and fungi normally found in the environment.
 
“The transformation is triggered through the combined effects of the natural elements of decay - air, moisture, heat and sunlight,” said Mr. Sanjay Bhayani, Director of India Operations with Avgol. “Once triggered, the material will transform into a low molecular weight wax structure leaving no microplastics or toxic residue behind. Moreover, if the product comprising the biotransformation technology is disposed of in the normal way and facilities are available, then it can be recycled by readily available means.”

  • Biotransformation technology for nonwovens

Avgol® has received the prestigious Innovation Award at the RIGHT Hygiene conference in recognition of its collaboration with Polymateria in development of pioneering biotransformation technology for nonwovens.
 
Biotransformation is a unique functionality wherein a conventional nonwoven fabric can be modified to react to certain triggers to then begin a cascade, and importantly a fundamental chemical transformation of the polymer resin into a wax that is readily degraded by natural bacteria, microbes and fungi normally found in the environment.
 
“The transformation is triggered through the combined effects of the natural elements of decay - air, moisture, heat and sunlight,” said Mr. Sanjay Bhayani, Director of India Operations with Avgol. “Once triggered, the material will transform into a low molecular weight wax structure leaving no microplastics or toxic residue behind. Moreover, if the product comprising the biotransformation technology is disposed of in the normal way and facilities are available, then it can be recycled by readily available means.”

“By bringing the Biotransformation technology to the various potential markets in India, we hope to offer a real-world solution to waste management,” he said. “We particularly hope to address aspects of the creation of fugitive waste and remove this from the environment without causing additional, and potentially more dangerous, problems.”

Source:

Avgol

22.06.2022

Nominations Open for RISE® Innovation Award

INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, has announced the nomination process is now open for the annual RISE® Innovation Award. The prestigious award will be presented at the RISE® (Research, Innovation & Science for Engineered Fabrics) Conference – September 27-28, 2022, at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.  RISE® 2022 is a two-day conference presenting insightful research and science that propels product development.

Companies, academic institutions, research centers, and individuals are invited to nominate their advances in nonwovens and engineered materials at https://www.riseconf.net/award-submission.html until the July 15, 2022 deadline.

INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, has announced the nomination process is now open for the annual RISE® Innovation Award. The prestigious award will be presented at the RISE® (Research, Innovation & Science for Engineered Fabrics) Conference – September 27-28, 2022, at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.  RISE® 2022 is a two-day conference presenting insightful research and science that propels product development.

Companies, academic institutions, research centers, and individuals are invited to nominate their advances in nonwovens and engineered materials at https://www.riseconf.net/award-submission.html until the July 15, 2022 deadline.

The RISE® Innovation Award recognizes innovation within and on the periphery of the nonwovens industry that uses revolutionary science and engineering principles to solve current and future industry needs. Raw material advances, advances in process or manufacturing technologies including web forming and converting, new product or application development, and other areas that may extend or enhance the use of nonwovens will be considered for nominations.

Industry professionals involved with product development, material science, and disruptive enabling technologies for both consumer and industrial products are encouraged to nominate their product(s) for the RISE® Innovation Award.

Nomination Process
Technical experts serving on the INDA Technical Advisory Board will review nominations and select three finalists who exemplify the use of cutting-edge science and engineering principles to advance the field of nonwovens. Finalists will present their innovations to technology scouts, scientists, researchers, and next level industry professionals at the RISE® Conference on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022.

Criteria and eligibility, nomination process timing, and prior award recipient information is available online: https://www.riseconf.net/award-submission.html

More information:
INDA nonwovens RISE®
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INDA

22.06.2022

GOTS Standard revision process enters next phase

The ongoing revision process to the GOTS Standard document and supporting Manual for Implementation garnered a robust response during its first public comment period, which ended on June 13 and elicited over 300 inputs. Of that, about 60 percent of comments were related to technical criteria such as ecology, chemical inputs, and material quality; and around 30 percent concerned GOTS social criteria. The Standard sets forth the requirements for organic textiles throughout the entire processing chain. GOTS’s commitment to making every version stronger ensures that the Standard continues to be a dynamic and evolving document and remain at the forefront as the most recognized and respected global standard for textiles.

The first draft of the revised standard, GOTS version 7.0, was made available for an initial 60-day comment period. Stakeholders, associations, organisations, companies and individuals were encouraged to contribute to the revision of the Standard during this timeframe. The Standard is updated every three years, ensuring that GOTS keeps up with advances in the industry and developments in the science and technology of textile processing.

The ongoing revision process to the GOTS Standard document and supporting Manual for Implementation garnered a robust response during its first public comment period, which ended on June 13 and elicited over 300 inputs. Of that, about 60 percent of comments were related to technical criteria such as ecology, chemical inputs, and material quality; and around 30 percent concerned GOTS social criteria. The Standard sets forth the requirements for organic textiles throughout the entire processing chain. GOTS’s commitment to making every version stronger ensures that the Standard continues to be a dynamic and evolving document and remain at the forefront as the most recognized and respected global standard for textiles.

The first draft of the revised standard, GOTS version 7.0, was made available for an initial 60-day comment period. Stakeholders, associations, organisations, companies and individuals were encouraged to contribute to the revision of the Standard during this timeframe. The Standard is updated every three years, ensuring that GOTS keeps up with advances in the industry and developments in the science and technology of textile processing.

Beginning in 2022, the GOTS revision process is following a newly developed and more inclusive Standard Setting Procedure, which includes oversight of the process by a Standard Revision Committee (SRC). The SRC consists of experts from different stakeholder groups, including scientists, textile industry professionals, sustainability, sourcing and human rights specialists and others. Members work together throughout the entire revision process to establish terms of reference and make decisions on any changes.

The comments received are being compiled and will be available for viewing on the GOTS website shortly. For the next stage of the revision process, the SRC will deliberate all comments, and a second draft of the revision will be released for a second and final 30-day period of public input in September 2022, which will be announced on the GOTS website and social media. The final version of the revised standard, GOTS version 7.0 will be released in March 2023, and will come into effect one year later.

More information:
GOTS revision
Source:

GOTS

22.06.2022

Anmeldestart zur Abschlussveranstaltung von DiTex

19. / 20. Oktober 2022, Berlin, Hotel Aquino

Das vom BMBF geförderte Vorhaben „DiTex – Digitale Technologien als Enabler einer ressourceneffizienten kreislauffähigen B2B-Textilwirtschaft“ hat recyclingfähige Leasing-Berufsbekleidung und -Bettwäsche entwickelt, in der Praxis erprobt und ihre Ressourceneffizienz und Eignung bewertet. Die Abschlussveranstaltung „Auf dem Weg zu einer zirkulären Textilwirtschaft – Produkte, Geschäftsmodelle und digitale Strategien“ findet am 20. Oktober 2022 in Berlin statt.

Vorgestellt werden zirkuläre Produktdesigns für Großabnehmer und wie Anforderungen an Komfort, Langlebigkeit und Nachhaltigkeit gebündelt werden können.
Diskutiert werden drei Schwerpunktthemen:

19. / 20. Oktober 2022, Berlin, Hotel Aquino

Das vom BMBF geförderte Vorhaben „DiTex – Digitale Technologien als Enabler einer ressourceneffizienten kreislauffähigen B2B-Textilwirtschaft“ hat recyclingfähige Leasing-Berufsbekleidung und -Bettwäsche entwickelt, in der Praxis erprobt und ihre Ressourceneffizienz und Eignung bewertet. Die Abschlussveranstaltung „Auf dem Weg zu einer zirkulären Textilwirtschaft – Produkte, Geschäftsmodelle und digitale Strategien“ findet am 20. Oktober 2022 in Berlin statt.

Vorgestellt werden zirkuläre Produktdesigns für Großabnehmer und wie Anforderungen an Komfort, Langlebigkeit und Nachhaltigkeit gebündelt werden können.
Diskutiert werden drei Schwerpunktthemen:

  • Wie können digitale Strategien sinnvoll für Kreislaufführung und ressourceneffiziente Nutzung von Miettextilien eingesetzt werden?
  • Welche Chancen für verbesserte Ressourcennutzung bietet Textilrecycling?
  • Wie kann das Geschäftsmodell des Textilleasings zu einer textilen Kreislaufwirtschaft beitragen?

Am Vorabend der Konferenz, am 19. Oktober 2022, besteht die Gelegenheit, sich bei einem Get-Together ab 18 Uhr mit anderen Teilnehmenden und Projektbeteiligten auszutauschen.

Eine Anmeldemöglichkeit besteht bis zum 19.08.2022.

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Institut für ökologische Wirtschaftsforschung (IÖW) GmbH

22.06.2022

Autoneum publishes Corporate Responsibility Report 2021

  • Joining Science Based Targets initiative

ith its Advance Sustainability Strategy 2025 launched in 2018, Autoneum defined ambitious goals in the areas of environment, society and governance. In the past year, significant quantitative and qualitative improvements were achieved, as shown in the Corporate Responsibility Report 2021 published today. For example, CO2 emissions were reduced in 2021 and the proportion of reused production scrap (recycling) was significantly increased.

  • Joining Science Based Targets initiative

ith its Advance Sustainability Strategy 2025 launched in 2018, Autoneum defined ambitious goals in the areas of environment, society and governance. In the past year, significant quantitative and qualitative improvements were achieved, as shown in the Corporate Responsibility Report 2021 published today. For example, CO2 emissions were reduced in 2021 and the proportion of reused production scrap (recycling) was significantly increased.

Following Autoneum’s decision last year to extend its environmental targets with quantifiable targets for all direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions and a time horizon to 2027, the Company has recently signed the declaration to join the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). Autoneum acknowledges the urgent need for action and will submit its ambitious, science-based targets to the SBTi to reduce CO2 emissions in the near term. In addition, Autoneum is reporting its Scope 3 emissions in full for the first time. In line with the strategic goal of continuously reducing electricity purchases from fossil fuels and replacing them with renewable energies, ten plants worldwide were converted to renewable energies in 2021.

In the past year, Autoneum again implemented a large number of projects in the areas of “Sustainable Products and Production Processes”, “Fair and Attractive Workplace”, “Good Corporate Citizenship” and “Responsible Supply Chain Management”: 29 eco-efficiency projects with a focus on materials efficiency and recycling contributed to more environmentally friendly production and correspondingly more sustainable components worldwide. The result was a significant reduction in waste and a further optimization of processes for a range of products. Moreover, new eco-efficient products were successfully launched on the market.

A complete overview of all targets and activities during the past year can be found in the Corporate Responsibility Report 2021.

Source:

Autoneum Management AG

(c) Matthias Leo / Hochschule Augsburg
21.06.2022

Recycling Atelier in Augsburg eröffnet

  • ITA Augsburg und Hochschule Augsburg setzen Modellfabrik zum nachhaltigen Stoffkreislauf im Rahmen des KI-Produktionsnetzwerks Augsburg um

Nur ein Prozent der Textilien wird aktuell im weltweiten Stoffkreislauf recycelt. Schnelllebige Modetrends, die ausgelagerte Unternehmensverantwortung und eine allgemein sinkende Rohstoffqualität befeuern diese Entwicklung. Das Recycling Atelier, das die Hochschule Augsburg und das Institut für Textiltechnik Augsburg (ITA Augsburg) eröffnet haben, stellt sich diesem Trend entgegen.

Das Recycling Atelier ist die erste Modellfabrik, die sich in Forschung und Entwicklung gemeinsam mit Partnern aus der Industrie dem nachhaltigen Stoffkreislauf entlang der kompletten textilen Produktionskette widmet.

  • ITA Augsburg und Hochschule Augsburg setzen Modellfabrik zum nachhaltigen Stoffkreislauf im Rahmen des KI-Produktionsnetzwerks Augsburg um

Nur ein Prozent der Textilien wird aktuell im weltweiten Stoffkreislauf recycelt. Schnelllebige Modetrends, die ausgelagerte Unternehmensverantwortung und eine allgemein sinkende Rohstoffqualität befeuern diese Entwicklung. Das Recycling Atelier, das die Hochschule Augsburg und das Institut für Textiltechnik Augsburg (ITA Augsburg) eröffnet haben, stellt sich diesem Trend entgegen.

Das Recycling Atelier ist die erste Modellfabrik, die sich in Forschung und Entwicklung gemeinsam mit Partnern aus der Industrie dem nachhaltigen Stoffkreislauf entlang der kompletten textilen Produktionskette widmet.

Das Recycling Atelier bietet als erste Modellfabrik ein weltweit bisher einzigartiges Konzept für ein ganzheitliches Recycling von Textilien an. Die Wissenschaftler:innen von ITA und Hochschule forschen dort an sämtlichen Prozessschritten des Textilrecyclings: von der Materialanalyse, über die Sortierung, die Aufbereitung und die textile Verarbeitung, bis hin zur Produktgestaltung. Sie betreiben die Prozesse zunächst modellhaft mit dem Fokus auf einer sinnhaften Produktion, bevor dann die Skalierung auf einen industriellen Produktionsmaßstab erfolgt.

Die Schwerpunkte des Recycling Ateliers liegen auf der Entwicklung neuer Produkte und Prozesse für textile Sekundärrohstoffe und der Erarbeitung von Konzepten für das vollständige Verwerten von Alttextilien mit bestmöglicher Qualität sowohl durch integriertes und hochwertiges Recycling als auch durch kreislauforientiertes Produktdesign. Die Ergebnisse münden letztendlich im industriellen Einsatz von Recyclingkonzepten und schlagen die Brücke hin zu aktuellen Geschäftsmodellen.

Bei jedem Prozessschritt unterstützen Unternehmen aus der gesamten Wertschöpfungskette die Forschung und bringen die industrielle Sichtweise und Kompetenz ein. In einem großen Workshop-Areal bietet das Recycling Atelier in Kooperation mit internationalen Unternehmen die Möglichkeit, die Produkte der Firmen auf den Prüfstand zu stellen und im direkten Austausch neue Konzepte für eine nachhaltige Textilproduktion zu erarbeiten.

Der Augenmerk liegt vor allem auf dem Bereich der Digitalisierung: Durch eine hochwertige und moderne Erfassung, Aufbereitung und Auswertung von Daten sollen neue Produktionsprozesse ermöglicht werden. Dabei wird der Einsatz von Künstlicher Intelligenz im Bereich des maschinellen Lernens und der Neuronalen Netze für die Textilbranche erforscht.

Das Recycling Atelier ist ein Beitrag der Hochschule Augsburg und des ITA Augsburg zum KI-Produktionsnetzwerk Augsburg. Das KI-Produktionsnetzwerk Augsburg, eingerichtet von der Bayerischen Landesregierung, ist ein Verbund von zahlreichen KI-Kompetenzträgern im Großraum Augsburg. Verbundpartner sind die Universität Augsburg, das Fraunhofer-Institut für Gießerei-, Composite- und Verarbeitungstechnik IGCV, das Zentrum für Leichtbauproduktionstechnologie (ZLP) des Deutschen Zentrums für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) in Augsburg sowie die Hochschule Augsburg. Beteiligt sind zudem auch regionale Industriepartner. Ziel ist eine gemeinsame Erforschung KI-basierter Produktionstechnologien an der Schnittstelle zwischen Werkstoffen, Fertigungstechnologien, datenbasierter Modellierung und digitalen Geschäftsmodellen.

Source:

Hochschule Augsburg/ITA Augsburg

Foto: Green Workwear GmbH
Pflege-Chino aus der SOUL Serie
21.06.2022

Green Workwear: Nachhaltige Pflegebekleidung

Nachhaltige Produktion und nachhaltige Gewebe - so präsentiert Green Workwear seine nachhaltige Pflegebekleidung, die die Anforderungen an industrielle Wäsche, lange Lebensdauer und ein überzeugendes Preis-Leistungsverhältnis verbinden kann.

Neben den hochwertigen Geweben wurden die Produkte des Unternehmens auch unter sozial nachhaltigen Aspekten produziert. Alle Modelle sind nach dem „Grünen Knopf“ und „ÖkoTex Made in Green“ zertifiziert. Die gesamte Lieferkette kann transparent über einen QR Code im Artikel nachverfolgt werden. Zusätzlich wird der gesamte Transportweg bis nach Deutschland CO2-kompensiert.

„Unser Leitgedanke bei Green Workwear: Wir übernehmen Verantwortung für die Umwelt und alle handelnden Personen in der Lieferkette“ so Harald Reisinger, einer der Geschäftsführer der Green Workwear GmbH.

Nachhaltige Produktion und nachhaltige Gewebe - so präsentiert Green Workwear seine nachhaltige Pflegebekleidung, die die Anforderungen an industrielle Wäsche, lange Lebensdauer und ein überzeugendes Preis-Leistungsverhältnis verbinden kann.

Neben den hochwertigen Geweben wurden die Produkte des Unternehmens auch unter sozial nachhaltigen Aspekten produziert. Alle Modelle sind nach dem „Grünen Knopf“ und „ÖkoTex Made in Green“ zertifiziert. Die gesamte Lieferkette kann transparent über einen QR Code im Artikel nachverfolgt werden. Zusätzlich wird der gesamte Transportweg bis nach Deutschland CO2-kompensiert.

„Unser Leitgedanke bei Green Workwear: Wir übernehmen Verantwortung für die Umwelt und alle handelnden Personen in der Lieferkette“ so Harald Reisinger, einer der Geschäftsführer der Green Workwear GmbH.

Source:

Green Workwear GmbH

(c) Indorama Ventures PCL
21.06.2022

Indorama Ventures works with Auping and TWE Group to deliver a fully circular mattress

The sustainable collaboration and innovation between Indorama Ventures (IVL), Auping and TWE Group presented a certified cradle to cradle process for mattress components across nonwoven applications, at Techtextil, Frankfurt, 21st to 24th June 2022.

Using circular research and design, the industry partnership between IVL Mullagh (Ireland), Auping and TWE Group has resulted in a perpetual, sustainable economic business model, for manufacturers globally. The inclusion of safe raw materials within mattress manufacturing allows the materials to be easily disassembled at the product’s end of use in order to be further reused as same components or recycled into new raw material at the same quality level, to enable versatile textile applications.

The sustainable collaboration and innovation between Indorama Ventures (IVL), Auping and TWE Group presented a certified cradle to cradle process for mattress components across nonwoven applications, at Techtextil, Frankfurt, 21st to 24th June 2022.

Using circular research and design, the industry partnership between IVL Mullagh (Ireland), Auping and TWE Group has resulted in a perpetual, sustainable economic business model, for manufacturers globally. The inclusion of safe raw materials within mattress manufacturing allows the materials to be easily disassembled at the product’s end of use in order to be further reused as same components or recycled into new raw material at the same quality level, to enable versatile textile applications.

Designed for disassembly to optimize the use of existing resources, reduce carbon footprint and support customer objectives all along their customers’ supply chain. This circular industry collaboration begins with design, where the mattress is constructed using only two different base materials, 100% PET polyester textiles and steel wire pocket springs connected with Niaga®️, a non toxic reversible adhesive, making the mattress easy to disassemble and recover.

IVL, Auping and TWE’s shared vision for a better world is demonstrated through their connected and innovative circularity that helps to close the loop. Auping collects, sorts and separates the collected fabrics, which then go to IVL Mullagh for processing, melting and extrusion to form polyester staple fiber. These staple fibers are then converted by TWE Group into nonwovens for use in Auping’s Evolve mattress, a fully circular mattress. Following the end of mattress use, the material recovery process simply starts again.

Auping estimates that annually more than 40 million mattresses are disposed of in Europe alone, the majority of which are incinerated. Their take back system in the Netherlands ensures that when their new mattress is delivered, the old mattress is retrieved and recycled, irrespective of the brand, ensuring existing materials are continually optimized, diverted from landfill and kept in use to achieve a circular economy.

Source:

Indorama Ventures PCL