The facilities will be located at the Novetex Factory in Tai Po Industrial Estate, Hong Kong. The opening date has not been disclosed. The H&M Foundation is set to invest 5.8 million euro (approximately 7 million US dollars) in the project, over the next four years. HKRITA and the H&M Foundation have been partners since 2016. H&M intends to spend a total of 30 million euros in joint textile recycling projects between 2016 and 2020.
Erik Bang, Innovation Lead at H&M Foundation, said that, â€œThis is a significant step towards a new fashion industry that operates within the planetary boundariesâ€, Also, â€œAs we scale up and make this technology freely available to the industry, we will reduce the dependence on limited natural resources to dress a growing global populationâ€. The facilities will also feature a miniaturized garment-to-garment recycling system which will be open to the public. At the end of the visit, shoppers will be able to buy the recycled garments. â€œSeeing is believing, and when customers see with their own eyes what a valuable resource garments at the end of life can be, they can also believe and recyclingâ€, pondered Bang.
H&M and HKRITA added that the purpose of the facilities is to invite fashion companies and their stakeholders to see, test and implement the technology. Read the joint statement, that, â€œHKRITA will license the results widely to make it available to all and enable a bigger impact.â€
The H&M Foundation and The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA) have announced the opening of two textile recycling facilities which will put HKRITAâ€™s hydrothermal method for recycling cotton and polyester blends to use. Blends are the most used type of textile in the world -- yet, they are still unrecyclable.
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