MUNICH – Functional textile developer Sympatex has expanded its share of unmixed, recycled polyester laminates in its apparel line to 80 per cent as it looks to develop a range of products that can be upcycled, and as part of its strategy to offer completely non-toxic, recycled and recyclable functional textiles by the end of 2020.
The news comes on the eve of the 2019 Performance Days event in Munich where the company will also reveal details of its on-going collaboration with the Wear2Wear consortium. A European initiative, which aims to bring used polyester fibres back into the textile loop, thus preserving their value.
“In Germany, around 70 per cent of the used clothing is collected and sorted by the various collection organisations. Europe-wide, this number is lower, but it’s still typically around 50 per cent. This presents a huge opportunity for our industry to rapidly close the apparel loop and reclaim valuable raw materials,” explained Sympatex CEO, Dr. Rüdiger Fox.