The circular economy is becoming real – through projects like Resyntex, funded under the EU’s Horizon 2020 Programme.
Prospex Institute is part of Resyntex, which develops innovative recycling technology to transform textile waste into singular fibres, and subsequently into marketable chemicals which can be used in a wide range of applications, from adhesives to PET-bottles. Resyntex tries to turn an established system (take – make – dispose) upside down. In the Resyntex-model, your holey socks and stained t-shirts that currently end up in landfill are recycled back into secondary resources.
Our mission in Resyntex is simple: we bring together a select group of industry stakeholders from different parts of this innovative and circular value chain. We invite fashion retailers, collectors, recyclers, chemical processing companies and end-users of the feedstock to sit around the table and exchange thoughts and experiences, in a participatory, highly interactive, and very intense two-day workshop. Together we try to envision a future circular market, in which the textile and chemical industries are connected in closing material loops
What are the market opportunities for recycled textile fibres? What does it take to repurpose our current infrastructure and what are the switching costs involved? In a shared and open conversation, we collaboratively design a circular value chain. Through first-hand multi-stakeholder insights, and a dynamic of co-design and co-creation, we deliver first-hand recommendations to our team of researchers and ultimately, to the European Commission. As the EU is rolling out the Circular Economy Action Plan, such stakeholder-integrated R&I is a crucial building block in closing the loop.