Advance Nonwoven, a Danish high tech company based at MÃ¸llerup Gods in RÃ¸nde, Jutland, established in 2006 with the aim of creating sustainable and renewable products made from natural fibres, waste or recycled material has partnered with an innovations network and Design Cluster and the environmental protection agency MiljÃ¸styrelsen on a project called Textilemill to use recycled textiles to create new fibres.
The Danish company has patented a new technology which utilizes renewable resources to create new products.
The idea of the mill uses the â€˜circular economyâ€™ concept, where there is a closed circuit in which discarded material is reused and exploited as much as possible instead of just being burnt, as happens now.
Textiles are automatically sorted into piles of individual pieces which are then put through a shredder unit. This breaks down the long and short fibres into clean fractions. In this way, it will ultimately be possible to spin the â€˜cleanâ€™ short fibres into non-woven material and the long fibres into yarn.
Ultimately, the aim is to establish a pan-Nordic Textilemill system and it could open the door for a new industry cluster in Denmark.
Up to now, the process has managed to convert bedding into insulation material. But there are several clothing companies who have already shown an interest in recycling their textiles.
Isabella Holmgaard, project leader at Lifestyle and Design Cluster said that they face some really big environmental challenges and they need to look at alternative methods to recycle material in the clothing that one can wear every day.
At the moment, they are in discussions with a very big international company. But, they need the help of active consumers who are willing and able to return used textiles. However, there are still a few minor problems remaining before the textile mill can be properly utilized.
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