Not enough textile waste is recycled across Europe. Since 2015, the Horizon 2020 project Resyntex has been looking to tackle this issue by showcasing innovative circular economy concepts for the textiles and chemical industries.
The conference entitled Final Conference: From Textile Waste to Secondary Raw Materials will take place on 24 April in Brussels. The Resyntex project partners invite visitors to join them and other industry experts to exchange knowledge on alternative solutions for post-consumer unwearable textiles, such as innovative reprocessing technologies for pure or blended fibres and secondary materials which can replace virgin feedstock.
Confirmed speakers include:
• Vittoria Troppenz, Head of Circularity & Business Development, SOEX
• Aleksandra Lobnik, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and the Head of the Centre of Sensor Technology, University of Maribor
• Nicholas Hall, Senior Lecturer – Fashion Business, Manchester Metropolitan University
• Athanassios Nikolakopoulos, Department of Process Analysis and Plant Design, National Technical University of Athens
• Valérie Boiten, Consultant and Researcher in Stakeholder Engagement, Prospex Institute
Policymakers will also join a panel discussion with circular economy and technology experts from the clothing, waste management and chemical industries to discuss how technological and business model solutions can help bring (bio)chemical recycling to market adoption. “Europe needs to move towards a more circular economy to conserve its future environment and society. Currently, many of the materials contained in products are discarded as waste after use. The textiles industry is no exception. Much of its waste is landfilled or incinerated with a high environmental impact and at great cost. Valuable resources held within the waste are lost,” the project partners explain. Resyntex aims to change this through research and innovation.”