From old pants to new car seats


Imat-uve is working with a German-Dutch project consortium on an industrial solution for the mechanical recycling of used clothing made from mixed fibres, with the recycled yarns and woven fabrics primarily intended for use in the automotive industry.

According to the engineering and development service provider, most post-consumer textiles are either sent to landfill, burned or processed to make low-quality nonwovens.

The main problem in textile recycling is the different components of the clothing, which are mostly made from fibre blends. Previous approaches to recycling have usually followed chemical processing routes and therefore cannot be seen as wholly sustainable, said Imat-uve.

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