Worn Again Technologies to integrate advanced polymer textile recycling facilities into urban ecosystem

YarnsandFibers News Bureau 2022-01-28 10:21:52 – United Kingdom

Worn Again Technologies (WAT) and its strategic partners met in Copenhagen to discuss the next steps in developing advanced polymer textile recycling facilities. The company hopes to connect communities and transform ideas about manufacturing, both environmentally and culturally, by drawing inspiration from Amager Bakke, an energy-from-waste facility with an outdoor sports center on its roof.

Worn Again Technologies is getting closer to developing its first full-scale plant after conducting comprehensive feasibility and pilot-scale testing, as well as sketching out its future vision for the textile recycling business. The technology uses cutting-edge polymer separation and purification techniques to transform non-recyclable polyester and cotton fiber blends into new, high-quality textile materials.

The two-day event allowed WAT management and strategic partners to share their thoughts and ideas in a captivating way. The goal is to alter the mindset and perception of recycling plants from isolated facilities to community-engaged social architectural landmarks, thereby boosting the textile industry's ambition to achieve net-zero CO2 emissions by 2050.

Torsten Wintergerste, Chairman of Worn Again Technologies Board of Directors, said that creating a successful circular economy for textiles requires more than an innovative recycling technology. All stakeholders, from consumers to retailers to lawmakers, must connect and work together for a cleaner future.

Copenhagen was an excellent choice for the event because it aspires to be the world's first carbon-free metropolis. Furthermore, Amager Bakke, also known as Copenhill, a combined heat and power waste-to-energy facility that also serves as an artificial ski slope and sports attraction, provided inspiration to participants.

Jacob Simonsen, CEO at Amager Bakke, said that they were happy to host Worn Again Technologies, since they have the same passion and goal in enhancing industry sustainability. Both of them feel that facilities can survive alongside neighborhood icons while also engaging the general public. It's wonderful to see how Worn Again Technologies intends to shape the textile recycling future. As a society, they’re confronted with a significant textile dilemma. This is why he appreciates businesses that invest in technology to reduce textile waste and transform it into a resource.

Erik Koep, CEO at Worn Again Technologies, said that the meeting was highly beneficial. With their ideas for a full-scale textile recycling plant, they were able to make tremendous progress. Visiting Amager Bakke, in particular, was essential in igniting a conversation about how Worn Again Technologies' facilities may blend into urban ecosystems and contribute in a number of ways. They want to build facilities that will benefit both local people and the textile industry, all while establishing a circular economy.

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