The Exposé object revolves around pioneering research conducted within the Circular Movement project. Focusing on innovative Librixer Technology, the project
explores the transformative potential of repurposing various materials. This cuttingedge technology, which has successfully separated vegan protein from legumes,
extracted metals from rocks, and recycled glass fibers from wind turbines, was scrutinized for its applicability to textiles. Collaborating with industry partners, researchers, and the expertise of the Librixer team, the investigation delved into the prospect of turning used textiles into valuable assets.
The central question posed was whether this technology could revolutionize textile recycling, eliminating the need for chemicals and drastically reducing emissions. The resounding answer: a myriad of promising possibilities emerged, marking the beginning of an exciting journey toward sustainable textile recycling practices.
Circular Movement, Librixer
New innovative resource efficient technology
Efficient use of resources
Reduction of waste
The recycling of textile waste poses significant challenges, primarily due to the complexity of processing mixed textile materials. Current methods involve mechanical separation, where fabrics are cut and shredded into smaller parts, a process that often compromises fiber quality.
As a result, only a small fraction of textile waste is effectively recycled into new products. Librixer technology offers a promising alternative, potentially providing a gentler approach to fiber recycling, addressing the shortcomings of existing techniques. This breakthrough could revolutionize the textile industry’s approach to sustainable and high-quality
Thinking about technology means thinking about politics and culture, technology on its own will
solve nothing. Technology does however give us a vehicle to envision a system of 0% waste and 100%
circularity with positive impact on society and natural systems. Use of digital tools can minimize
waste in the design process, product development and retail operations. Digital tools enable
manufacturing close to the end consumer that can significantly reduce over production. It can also
help consumers of fashion and textile products to make smarter decisions.
All group objects:
The current use of textile products is very unsustainable. We tend to buy many more products than we need and we throw away most of our textiles with the household waste, long before they are worn out.
The main challenges regarding resource efficient waste management includes improving collection rates, automated and material specific sorting technologies, and the scaling up of recycling technologies.
Intense research and industry innovation is focusing on the technology development needed, while policy and other financial instruments are developed at the national and EU levels. The need of the industry to secure recycled feedstock, in combination with upcoming EPR (Extended
Producer Responsibility) policies, will lead to new possibilities for the improved recycling of textiles.