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circular textiles economy

circular textiles economy

Did you know that 6000kg of clothing and textiles are dumped in landfill every 10 minutes in Australia (MSDI, 2020). I will be documenting my journey in creating a financially sustainable business whose end goal is to reduce the amount of clothing and textiles that end up in landfill in Australia. I will commit to working towards this goal with the aim of having a business prototype in a month's time. I will keep myself accountable through weekly updates.
My Progress: 
06/24/2021 - 08:23
Overall this week we took a step back due to exams, but we concentrated our efforts on creating polyester fibre fill and recycled polyester yarn from recycled textiles. These materials will hopefully be used as stuffing for toys, puffer jackets etc... and/or materials to be woven into new fabrics for other purposes. We are also meeting a few garment manufacturers next week.
06/13/2021 - 12:39
This week we had a few more meetings with researchers from the University of Sydney where we discussed Australia's recycling infrastructure, government incentives and grants, the economics of recycling and methodologies for mapping out the textile recycling supply chain in Australia. These talks were insightful and guided us towards finding manufacturing companies that can help us in our journey towards upcycling. We also identified various mechanical recycling facilities in Australia that would be able to help with our project, and have devised a plan to upcycle recycled textiles through the use of these mechanical recycling facilities.
06/05/2021 - 21:09
This week, we had a discussion with Associate Professor Ruth Lane from Monash University about her research in the textile recycling industry. We learnt a lot about the recycled textile supply chain and Ruth kindly provided us with more resources to further develop our understanding of the industry. Using those resources, we are currently mapping out the major players in the recycled textile industry and their relationship with one another, as well as reaching out to some of these companies to find out more about their current initiatives. We also had a meeting with one of the business development managers at HKRITA (Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel), where we learnt more about the commercialisation process, licensing and fees associated with their G2G (Garment to Garment) recycle system as well as their hydrothermal chemical recycling solution. We also identified potential products that recycled fabrics with a cotton/polyester mix can be turned into using non-woven manufacturing processes, and are in the process of contacting various manufacturers in Australia to see if our ideas are feasible.