H&M develops new recycling method for textile blends
Together with The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA), the H&M Foundation has developed a new method for recycling blend textiles into new fabrics, thus paving the way for a more circular economy. Using only heat, less than 5% biodegradable green chemical and water, the new innovative solution is using a hydrothermal (chemical) fiber-to-fiber recycling process to self-separate cottons and polyester. The resulting polyester is usable without any quality loss, thus giving fibers a second life and saving apparel companies huge costs.
H&M as well as HKRITA plan to make the new technology available to the global fashion industry so that a closed loop for textiles can be targeted worldwide.