H&M might have the answer to recycling mixed-fiber textiles (like poly-cotton blends), something that many companies have been trying to figure out.
According to Fast & Co, the company teamed up with Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles to find an “open-source solution for textile blend recycling that could be commercially viable by 2020.”
H&M has described the process as using “heat, water and less than 5% biodegradable green chemical, to self-separate cotton and polyester blends. This fibre-to-fibre recycling method is cost effective, and there’s no secondary pollution to the environment, ensuring the life of the recycled material is prolonged in a sustainable way.”
They are now building an industrial-scale plant to spearhead the project, with hopes that this might help the fashion industry as a whole become more eco-friendly by 2020.
Edwin Keh, Chief Executive Officer of HKRITA said:
“By being able to upcycle used textiles into new high value textiles, we no longer need to solely rely on virgin materials to dress a growing world population. This is a major breakthrough in the pursuit of a fashion industry operating within the planetary boundaries.”