A review of commercial textile fibre recycling technologies

This report reviews commercially available textile fibre recycling technologies. Its purpose is to identify existing textile fibre recycling techniques, to inform the development of a sustainable textiles recycling market within the UK.

The scope of this work includes:

  • textile products: clothing, footwear, carpets, mattresses and household linens;
  • textile fibres: cotton, wool, polyester, nylon, polypropylene and composites of these;
  • commercially operational technologies only, i.e. not developmental technologies; and
  • mechanical and chemical recycling techniques.

The findings of this report identify relatively few technical barriers for the uptake of the textile fibre recycling technologies apart from closed loop fibre recycling, particularly of mixed fibres.

(England, Wales, Scotland, N. Ireland, etc)