Until now, textile sorting for reuse and recycling has been labor-intensive and not accurate enough for recyclers, making it expensive and creating quality issues for recycling. The Transform Textile Waste into Feedstock (TTWiF) project carried out a technology assessment (TA) to assess the best available sorting techniques and processes. Furthermore, it conceptualized and developed a highly automated and scalable textile sorting solution that addresses the critical challenges in textile recycling. The results from the TA show potential developments that would benefit textile companies and recyclers, through aspects such as:
This white paper will take a deep dive into the method used and the findings from the technology assessment. The sorting system evaluated, which has identified bottlenecks and possibilities for sorting textile waste, has the potential to revolutionize the textile recycling industry and make it possible to achieve a more circular textile economy.