Chemical recycling of cellulose and polyester textile waste to new fibres and new products
Trash-2-Cash is an EU-funded research project that brings together 18 partners from 10 countries. Slovenian company Tekstina is involved in the project, which has invested a lot of research work in the recycling of textile waste and re-use for the purpose of a circular economy in recent years.
The Trash-2-Cash project proposes a new model where textile waste (polyester and cellulose) is recycled chemically, resulting in new plastics or textile products that are of the same quality as pure raw materials and are industrially reproducible and can be endlessly recycled. Designers, research designers, materials scientists, material suppliers, and product manufacturers ( for fabrics, clothing, automotive parts) from all over Europe have been involved in this project. They are merged into a consortium covering the entire supply chain.
The results of the project were presented at the Dutch Design Week fair, which took place in October 2018 in Eindhoven (Netherland) . We had our own showroom where we presented 6 stories of recycled products (0-shirt, R3 Coat, ReAct Mid-layer, Fashion Fascia, Reborn-Reworn Jacket, DeNature Jeans) and 3 textile fibre recycling technologies.