MUNICH – Sympatex Technologies has teamed up with UK polymer recycling firm Worn Again in a bid to close the recycling loop for its range of functional laminates by 50 per cent within 5 years and aims to become ‘100 per cent circular’ by 2030.
The company will introduce first laminates made from used textiles derived from waste textiles this year, after work with the Dutch Wear2Wear program, France’s FRIVEP recycling project and by signing up to the ‘Pioneer Members’ Program’ of Worn Again Technologies.
Ahead of the announcement at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit, Sympatex CEO Dr Ruediger Fox told Ecotextile News, “We will use materials out of our FRIVEP and wear2wear projects which means polyester yarns mechanically recycled out of used clothing – and some output from Worn Again, then ‘closing the loop’ means just that, and not using other industries’ waste.”
Given Worn Again technology can separate blends of polyester and cellulosic yarns, the partnership allows Sympatex to source from a wider range of materials in the waste stream.
It claims that recycled functional textiles made from PET bottles could ‘soon be a thing of the past.’