Project Chrysalis – from container to textile

Design researcher Michelle Baggerman and material designer Jessica den Hartog present Project Chrysalis: In the Netherlands just a fraction of the 25kg of plastic waste generated p.p.p.y. is recycled. Plastics like PET and PP are increasingly recycled for high-grade applications but HDPE is mostly down-cycled. Project Chrysalis is a research into developing recycled monofilament yarns for closed-loop textile products out of HDPE sourced from household waste.

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Towards textile to textile recycling: Is there a sustainable solution?

Polyester is one of the most widely used polymers all around the world, with applications that span from packaging to textiles. Depending on its use, the material composition can be quite different, with a polyester amount ranging from more than 99% for PET bottles to 25% for some textile products. The most common method for the recycling of plastic waste is mechanical recycling. This process typically includes collection, sorting, washing, and grinding of the material, but a breakdown of polymer chains occurs when the resin goes through multiple cycles, degrading its intrinsic viscosity and limiting the number of times the process can be repeated.

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Textiles recycling in Europe’s circular economy

Recyclinnova

A duo presentation by Luca Loise CEO of Recyclinnova and Sasan Momtazi co-founder.

The textile industry has a growing need to recycle its waste, with particular reference to polyester. European fiber consumption was 3,3 million tons/year, Artificial fibers have increased by 2% while natural fibers have remained unchanged and among Artificial fibers, Polyester fiber is the single-largest-volume fiber used globally, accounting for about 50% of the overall man-made and natural fiber market.

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