Technology Assessment
Textiles play a crucial role in society, providing essential items like clothing, shoes, and home textiles. However, once textiles are no longer wearable, they contribute to a significant amount of textile waste that ends up in landfills or incinerators. To combat environmental pollution and promote resource conservation, it is vital to collect and sort textile waste based on the waste hierarchy.

Traditional methods of sorting textile waste for reuse and recycling have been labor-intensive and not precise enough, leading to high costs and quality issues. The Transform Textile Waste into Feedstock (TTWiF) project conducted a technology assessment to identify the most effective sorting techniques. This project also developed an automated and scalable textile sorting solution to address the challenges in textile recycling.

The technology assessment revealed potential benefits for textile companies and recyclers, including faster and higher quality recycled textiles, increased throughput of sorted textiles, reduced costs for recycling, and improved profitability and sustainability for the industry. A white paper has been published on this topic, detailing the methodology and results of the technology assessment.

The evaluated sorting system has the potential to revolutionize the textile recycling industry by identifying bottlenecks and opportunities for sorting textile waste. This innovation could pave the way for a more circular textile economy.