Prato and Annecy Stakeholders Contribute to the EU Wide Picture of Textile Waste Opportunities and Possibilities

Key fashion, textile and waste management participants in Prato, Italy took part in the fourth and final RESYNTEX stakeholder workshop event on Thursday 6th April 2017, as part of the ‘stakeholder mapping’ stage of the research project. Attendees of the event at the Chamber of Commerce in Prato were hosted by RESYNTEX partners from Prospex Institute, Biochemtex, Dettin and Manchester Metropolitan University.

Participants ranged from wool recyclers, used textile collectors, manufacturers, retailers, waste management organisations, local authorities and sectoral platforms, as well as research and innovation specialists. RESYNTEX partners from Prospex Institute and Manchester Metropolitan University introduced the EU research project, before technical partners from Dettin and Biochemtex outlined the chemical and mechanical processes involved in the RESYNTEX processing model, and how the outputs from the process could be used to create systemic change to European manufacturing.

Local participants were then given the opportunity to identify where opportunities for the RESYNTEX model could fit into current opportunities in Prato, what issues would need to be addressed the realise the business model and who the potential customers and clients of the outputs would be. Workshop participants were able to contribute their local knowledge and insights into how regional activities could complete the RESYNTEX circular economy value chain, and what sort of benefits this could create for the region.

Participants were then encouraged to stay in touch with project to keep abreast of further developments involving the next stage of citizen research, and to attend the 6th International Fibre Recycling Symposium in Manchester to receive a fuller outline of all stakeholder outcomes and RESYNTEX partner research. Partners from Prospex Institute and Manchester Metropolitan University also visited local radio station Radio Italia Cina in order to reach out and connect with any international textile and garment stakeholders operating in the local Prato area.

This workshop event followed on from the third and penultimate stakeholder workshop event in Annecy, France on Tuesday 13th December 2017, hosted by local RESYNTEX partners About Goods Company and visiting partners from Prospex Institute, Quantis and Manchester Metropolitan University. At this workshop in Annecy, participants identified areas where waste textiles occurred locally, and how these were dealt with, by whom and in what form.
Attendees were also given an outline of the technical RESYNTEX process and participated in research and discussion on how local activities and business could fit in with the RESYNTEX process to create eco-friendly circular economy textile opportunities. RESYNTEX focus group workshops mapping stakeholder insights have now taken place in Manchester, UK; Maribor, Slovenia; Annecy, France and Prato, Italy.

The next stages of the research will analyse these insights to create optimised collection and processing strategies, lifecycle analysis and business modelling and will take in citizen and consumer perspectives on used textiles and recycled fashion and textile goods. To stay up to date with these developments please follow the RESYNTEX project on social media and at the 6th International Fibre Recycling Symposium in Manchester.

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RESYNTEX | Stakeholder Focus Groups: collecting ideas on waste collection.

With the last workshop held in Annecy (France) on December 13th, the 2016 Resyntex workshop campaign is over, ready to restart during 2017 spring.

It has been a long tour across Europe, starting from Manchester (UK), passed through Maribor (Slovenia) and temporally stopping in France for a well-deserved rest during winter time. Each Focus Group aimed at gathering stakeholders involved in the textile and waste management sectors, in order to hear their opinions and inputs about the insertion of circular economy processes in their regions.

Local producers and manufacturers, public authorities and representatives from civil society were involved, through a highly participative approach designed by Prospex Institute, in a discussion regarding the most common sources of textile waste in their region, the existing systems of collection and the obstacles to face on the road of a greater efficiency in textile waste disposal.

With no surprise, stakeholders from different Focus Groups highlighted different aspects relevant for their regions and came up with different suggestions. However, some communalities can be found in the recognition of the growing important of this issue for the local economies, with also a deep impact on the environment.

The Resyntex team then showed the opportunities that its technology could offer to the local textile production chain, with a positive influence transversally extended on the whole textile sector. A positive influence that needs to be fed by comments and opinion from engaged people, as it was.

For more information about the project, visit the Resyntex website.

RESYNTEX Caps Successful Launch With Executive Board Meeting

RESYNTEX | First Board Meeting brings the project leaders together RESYNTEX is a €11 million research project with the core objective to create a new circular economy concept for the textile and chemical industries. Through industrial symbiosis, the project aims to produce secondary raw materials from textile waste. The EU-funded project will hold its first executive board meeting on 18 December 2015 in Bled, Slovenia.

The project is divided into ten work packages. Each focuses on a specific goal such as the development of industrial applications for recovered feedstocks or the assessment of the economic and environmental performance of newly developed processes. After the successful launch in June, work package leaders will meet to evaluate the project’s progress. The project co-coordinator IOS (Institute for Environmental Protection and Sensors) is based in Slovenia and will host the meeting. RESYNTEX is led by the SOEX GROUP, a German company active in high quality collection, sorting and processing of used textiles at global level.

Pailak Mzikian, Head of Recycling and Sustainability at SOEX GROUP said, “With RESYNTEX, we want to develop and demonstrate a new strategic design for textile recycling throughout a complete value chain. The focus is on reprocessing blends and pure components of unwearable textile waste.”

Aleksandra Lobnik, R&D Manager at IOS said, “We look forward to bringing the project leaders together for our meeting in Slovenia. Also, we are excited to see the project’s first reports and findings.”

RESYNTEX joins the ranks of projects focusing on textile recycling innovations such as Worn Again, Re:newcell or Evrnu.

RESYNTEX is a research project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 641942. It aims to develop innovative recycling processes and generate new secondary raw materials from textile waste. The project has 20 partners from across 10 different EU member states, which include industrial associations, businesses, SMEs and research institutes.

Presenting Resyntex

RESYNTEX | Introducing the Resyntex project to stakeholders

The Resyntex project, which kicked off in June 2015, was presented to an audience of stakeholders and experts from across the fibres, textile and clothing sector, during a European conference in Brussels.

Pailak Mzikian from SOEX Group, coordinator of the Resyntex-project, delivered an engaging introduction to European practices in post-consumer textile recycling, and elaborated on the new technologies developed in Resyntex.

The conference, dedicated to the theme “Innovating for Sustainability in European Textiles and Clothing”, was jointly organised by the European Technology Platform for the Future of Textiles and Clothing as well as Euratex, the European Apparel and Textile Federation.