Demeto's aim is to establish a collaboration able to produce a sustainable solution to the global polyester waste problem

YarnsandFibers News Bureau 2019-05-15 03:00:00 – Belgium

Demeto, a European project established to build a network of like-minded organisations in the PET industry with the goal of creating disruptive recycling solutions, has announced the addition of polyester fibre producer Kolon to its Industrial Advisory Board (IAB).

The Demeto membership is made up of a variety of organisations in the PET value chain, and Kolon’s addition signals a further step in its focus on successfully utilising available technologies to maximise the recycling of PET fibres. These firms include representatives from: home textiles, sportswear textiles, fashion textiles, along with waste collectors and recyclers.

Demeto connects companies in the polyester supply chain, facilitating collaboration in order to find a sustainable solution to the global polyester waste problem. All partners of the consortium have committed to bringing a revolutionary new way to chemically recycle PET, invented by gr3n, to scale.

"We are glad to welcome another two relevant companies to the Demeto Industrial Advisory Board, which already includes several major players in the PET and polyester value chain,” stated Matteo Bertele from gr3n.

“The invaluable experience in the polyester textile and film production of Kolon will help us to validate the usage of the monomers obtained from our process in these applications. We look forward to add another brick in the wall of circular economy for PET and polyester,” he added.

Kolon Industries Inc. supplies PET based fibres and fabrics for various applications, and has recently announced its willingness to work towards a Sustainable Polymer Economy (SPE). This is a concept with which no polymer enters the landfill, minimising the sector’s environmental impact. One of the key aspects of this idea is the acceleration and scaling of chemical regeneration and polymer recycling technologies.

“We at Kolon are honoured to be asked to participate in the DEMETO project as a board member of the IAB,” stated Sung Han, executive vice president of Kolon. “We believe the objectives of the project align very well with Kolon’s objective of enabling SPE, especially in a key area of polyester depolymerisation. Furthermore, the success of DEMTO project would ensure that our planet would be a safer and healthier place.”


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