H&M de­vel­ops new re­cy­cling method for tex­tile blends

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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.

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