Sympany circular textiles

Collection & sorting challenges on closing the loop for textile recycling. Sympany is one of the biggest textile collecting and sorting company in the Netherlands. Our goal is to give all sorted textile the best possible purpose. We believe that collaboration is vital to make circular textiles the norm. That why we are open for collaborations.

A presentation by Ellens Sillekens, Innovation Manager at Sympany.


Question 1: What emerging technologies / trends do you see as having the greatest potential in the short and long run?
Mechanical and chemical closed loop recycling technologies.

Question 2: What kind of impact do you expect them to have?
The environmental impact of recycling textiles is huge. Recycling 1 kg of textiles reduces it’s carbon footprint with 3.432 grams (source: Milieucentraal).

Question 3: What are the barriers that might stand in the way?
Collecting higher quantities. Sorting on specific material categories as input for recycling. Getting the recycle facilities to the right TRL level.

About Ellen Sillekens
Ellen’s focus is on making the textile chain more sustainable. She works as an innovation manager at Sympany (collection, sorting and circular processing of textiles). And is active as a trainer for CIRCO consumer products.

About Sympany
Sympany works on a circular textile chain because we want to contribute to a sustainable world while preserving raw materials. Sympany collects, sorts and sells textiles for reuse and textile recycling, initiates and participates in recycle projects.

Ellen Sillekens is speaker at the 2022 edition of the Materials 4 Sustainable Fasion Conference.

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