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Developments in textile recycling

A new U.S.-Swedish cooperation aims to obtain recycling yarns from used textiles.

U.S. fiber manufacturer Eastman plans to work with Swedish textile recycler Renewcell to develop recycled yarns based on so-called circulose from used textiles, the companies announced, according to a report in Euwid. Renewcell's process will reportedly dissolve used cotton and other cellulose fibers from used textiles and production waste to produce what is known as Circulose pulp. The pulp is used by fiber manufacturers to produce staple fibers or filaments from viscose, lyocell, modal, acetate or other types of man-made cellulosic fibers, it says. These fibers would be spun into yarns, then woven or knitted into fabrics, and finally made into new high-value textile products.
A plant for fiber recovery from used textiles by French textile recycler Renaissance Textile was started up in Laval in northwestern France, according to another report at Euwid. It was reportedly developed and installed by Andritz Laroche in close cooperation between its R&D specialists and Renaissance Textile. According to Nicolas Nojac, director of Renaissance Textile, the first recycling line is intended for white polycotton textiles, mainly from the healthcare and food industries. The line can reportedly recycle 3,000 tons of textiles, or ten million garments, per year. The company said it plans to install two more production lines by the end of 2023 and 2025, respectively, to expand the range of recycled textiles to include different colors and fibers. By 2025, Renaissance Textile aims to create around 110 new jobs as a result, is said.


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