Solution for textiles containing polyester
In 2000, polyester replaced cotton as the leading fibre used in textile manufacture. Now, 20 years later, polyester production has doubled compared to what it was back in 2000. Over 60 percent of PET production is processed into polyester fibres and finds its way into the textile industry. Mixed fabrics containing polyester play a big role in the industry – with polyester fibres being especially important in sport and outdoor clothing. The amounts of polyester textiles disposed of are more than double the amounts of PET from packaging.
The key problem: Less than 1 percent of textiles are recycled in new textile applications; 12 percent go into lower value applications. In total, 87 percent of textiles are sent to landfill, incinerated or end up as uncontrolled disposal in the environment. Polyester fibres represent major problems in textile recycling, as there is not currently a way of recycling them. There is a huge need for action. The revolTEX® project is all about developing a solution.