Starting from the concept of circular economy, the CIRCULAR TEXTILES project encompasses the entire textile supply chain, involving the partners in a proactive way to encourage the establishment of a system of industrial symbiosis between the districts.
CIRCULAR TEXTILES has been promoted by 5 excellence realities which are currently deploying significant investments on R&D across the territory in order to act as a demonstration case within the "circular economy" field, through the study of a total approach to the recycle of textile materials through representative pilot examples for the Textile-Fashion field. .
The project will be realized with a partnership composed by companies strongly oriented towards a continuous research on innovative solutions, able to add value to strategic knowledge for a proper implementation of circular processes, keeping in mind the sustainability of the whole studied approaches.
Starting from the circular economy concept the project embraces the textile supply chain with an active involvement of the partners within all the aspects of industrials symbiosis as well as the variegated faces of social and environmental sustainability.
Analyze the quantities and types of textile materials;
To study a sampling and testing methodology capable of sufficiently characterizing the materials and to evaluate the risk associated with material variability and the degree of uncertainty corresponding to the outcome of the tests;
Evaluate currently available sorting technologies;
Study and define a sorting process for the collected material, also in function of the expected characterization tests and sorting technologies currently available;
Process batches of material to be recycled and properly sorted in order to obtain new textile material (fibers, yarns, fabrics), suitable for the realization of new products both for clothing and for other sectors/applications;
Evaluate the environmental, social and economic impacts resulting from the activities of redesign, collection and recycling of textile materials studied;
To produce guidelines, as a result of the project experience, on opportunities, technical aspects and methods for recycling textile materials, providing considerations and possible suggestions for public decision makers for future policy choices.
CENTROCOT - Centro Tessile Cotoniero e Abbigliamento S.p.A.