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Recycling

An efficient chemical method for the recycling of coloured polyester (PES) fibres has been developed by Teijin Frontier Co Ltd of Osaka, Japan.

Gen 2 Carbon has established a strategic alliance with Deakin University to promote the development of technologies for the recycling of carbon fibre in Australia. 

The developer of an energy-efficient process for the recycling of carbon fibre-reinforced plastics (CFRPs), Fairmat, has signed a number of agreements that will assist in the commercialisation of i

A closed-loop system for the production and recycling of carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) pressure vessels for the storage of hydrogen is to be established by Voith Composites and V-Carbon. 

Three partners in the UK have reclaimed continuous carbon fibres from an end-of-life hydrogen pressure vessel and have re-used them to manufacture a new pressure vessel. 

The feasibility of using recycled carbon fibre (rCF) mats for the production of composite sidewall panels for the cabins of aircraft is being examined by Boeing, Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materi

Researchers in the USA are working to determine whether microbial communities in anaerobic digesters (ADs) can be used to separate the cellulose and polyester (PES) elements in blended fabrics, so

A nonwoven that is made from recycled carbon fibre and has an areal density of 60 g.m–2 will be launched by Gen 2 Carbon at JEC World.

European producer of fabrics for workwear, Klopman International, plans to establish agreements with its customers through which it will receive and recycle their end-of-life garments. 

A scheme though which used face masks are collected, recycled and the resulting material employed to manufacture such as oil-absorption fabrics has been launched by Grabher.

Waste carbon fibre from Airbus' manufacturing operations is being used to produce surfboards by Notox of Anglet, France. 

A European and US consortium has manufactured a 62-m-long prototype wind-turbine blade that it claims can be recycled in its entirety. 

An enzyme that is able to help break-down terephthalate (TPA) – one of the chemical building blocks of polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which is used to make single-use drinks bottles, clothing an

Long fibre-reinforced composites are being produced using polyamide (PA) 6 reclaimed from end-of-life fishing nets by Avient of Cleveland, Ohio, USA.

The production of white polyethylene terephthalate (PET) fibres using coloured textile waste as a feedstock has been demonstrated successfully by Carbios of Clermont-Ferrand, France. 

Technologies that could enable training shoes to be produced in a more environmentally sustainable way than is currently possible have been demonstrated by partners in Germany and China. 

A plant that will be able to recycle 50 kt of post-consumer polyethylene terephthalate (PET) waste a year (equivalent to two-billion bottles or two-and-a-half billion trays) could be built at Indor

A business for the commercial production and supply of carbon fibre-reinforced plastics (CFRPs) made using recycled carbon fibre is to be established by two companies in Japan. 

A range of threads (EcoCycle) that dissolve in water, thereby facilitating the recycling of garments, has been launched by Coats of Uxbridge, UK. 

Technology for the recycling of waste plastic generated during the manufacture of personal protective equipment (PPE), such as face masks, is to be developed in the UK. 

An energy-efficient and environmentally friendly method for spinning fibres from microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) has been developed by Nordic Bioproducts Group (NBG) of Espoo, Finland. 

A certification system, a recycled polyester (PES) fibre that can be dyed at low temperatures and a range of US-made knitted cords are to be launched at the Outdoor Retailer’s Winter Market

A range of durable fabrics made from pre-consumer recycled polyamide (PA) 66 fibres has been launched by Invista, of Wichita, Kansas, USA, through its Cordura brand.   

Vestas of Aarhus, Denmark, has established a service for recycling wind-turbine blades in the USA and is keen to offer similar services in other countries where the local recycling infrastructure i

Three European partners have received over €3 million in funding from the European Union (EU) to continue the development of an enzymatic process for the recycling of polyethylene terephthalate (PE

While the wind-energy and composites industries look to develop solutions for diverting end-of-life wind-turbine blades from landfill, methods for recycling the hard-wearing polyester (PES)-blend b

Teijin Aramid is using feedstocks obtained from recycled end-of-life para-aramid fibres to spin new para-aramid yarns, a development it says is key to its goal of taking a circular-economy approach

The environmental impacts of three waterproof jackets – a version produced using conventional materials and methods, a blue version with an outer layer made from polyester (PES) derived from recycl

Coloreel is to begin selling threads made entirely from recycled polyester (PES) for use with its continuous thread-colouring unit fo

Recycler of used ropes, twines, nets and other technical textiles, Healix of Maastricht, The Netherlands, has secured funds totalling over €10 million through a seed financing round that was comple

The feasibility of an enzymatic process for the recycling of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) has been determined by researchers in the USA and the UK. 

A scheme for the recycling of single-use items of personal protective equipment (PPE) – including face masks, visors, gloves and lateral-flow tests – has been launched by a local authority in the U

Andritz is to work with the developer of a hydrothermal process for the recycling of polyester (PES)–cotton textiles, CIRC LLC, to commercialise the technology. 

Andritz of Graz, Austria, is to supply a line for the recycling of end-of-life textiles to Renaissance Textile of Laval, France. 

Ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) fibres have been produced using ethylene derived from mixed plastic waste by Royal DSM of Heerlen, The Netherlands, and SABIC of Riyadh, Saudi Arab

The developer of technology that enables the recycling of cotton-rich textile waste and other pulp-based materials into cellulosic fibres, Infinited Fiber Co (IFC) of Espoo, Finland, has secured €3

Apply Carbon is to establish a facility to recycle carbon fibres following its acquisition of ELG Carbon Fibre's short-fibre business in May 20

A pilot project to demonstrate the feasibility of a closed-loop system for the recycling of single-use face masks has been undertaken by the Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety, and Ener

Indorama Ventures (IVL) of Bangkok, Thailand, has bought a facility for the recycling of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) in Dallas, Texas, USA.

Two companies in Clermont-Ferrand, France, have demonstrated that a high-tenacity polyethylene terephthalate (PET) fibre produced from recycled bottles could be used to reinforce tyres.

Freudenberg Performance Materials of Weinheim, Germany, is to showcase two fabrics for sportswear made using recycled polyester (PES) at Performance Days (to be held online on 17–21 May 20

Nouryon is to provide speciality chemicals for use in a textile-recycling facility to be built by Renewcell in Sundsvall, Sweden, following the signing of an agreement between the two companies.

A system for the collection and chemical recycling of used polyester (PES) textiles is to be established by three companies in Japan. 

The developer of technology that enables the recycling of cotton-rich textile waste and other pulp-based materials – such as used cardboard, rice and wheat straw – into cellulosic fibres with the n

A cross-industry coalition has been established to share knowledge regarding, and develop methods for, the recycling and re-purposing of products made using Royal DSM's ultra-high molecular weight

One of the UK's largest retailers, Worksop-based Wilko, has launched a scheme for the collection and recycling of single-use face masks. 

Decommissioned composite wind-turbine blades are to be used to reinforce concrete by HS2 Ltd, the Birmingham-based developer of a high-speed railway linking major UK cities.

The race to develop methods for recycling wind-turbine blades

Thousands of ageing composite wind-turbine blades are being removed from steel towers around the world and many have nowhere to go but landfill. Composites Editor James Bakewell reports on efforts to develop methods for recycling these colossal structures that capture the most value from the glass-fibre textiles used to reinforce them. 

An elastic, polyester (PES)-based tricot fabric that can be easily recycled has been developed by Karl Mayer of Obertshausen, Germany.

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