Resyntex Value Chain Workshops: where textile and chemical industries intersect 


The circular economy is becoming real – through projects like Resyntex, funded under the EU’s Horizon 2020 Programme.

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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

Screen Shot 2018-01-18 at 10.46.03What 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.

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