New Research Analyses Pathways for PET and Other Chemicals from Textile Recycling

Textile waste recycling is frequently hindered by dyes and other finishing agents which may be present, so preparation (by grinding, decolouration, etc.) is an important step for efficient recycling. While distinctions have traditionally been made between chemical and mechanical recycling, recent findings by RESYNTEX have moved the project closer to demonstrating a complete reprocessing line for the biochemical transformation of textiles into chemicals.

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An Engaging Summer for RESYNTEX

Summer is traditionally a time for rest and reflection. This year for RESYNTEX, it was also a great opportunity to engage key stakeholders as our project reached a number of milestones and deliverables. In June, the consortium met in Thessaloniki, Greece, for its annual General Assembly to discuss the project’s impact, its lifecycle and its future scenarios. The lifecycle assessments which evaluate environmental and cost performance are being conducted by LCA experts from Quantis.


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Prospex Institute Will Present RESYNTEX at the Transitions 2: Material Revolution Conference in Huddersfield


RESYNTEX partner Prospex Institute will attend Transitions 2: Material Revolution Conference in Huddersfield, UK, on 11 and 12 April. Valérie Boiten will talk about our project and the work Prospex Institute does within RESYNTEX. Prospex Institute works on the circular economy by mobilising citizens and stakeholders to tackle textile waste collection.

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Fourth RESYNTEX Newsletter Now Online

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Welcome to the fourth edition of the RESYNTEX newsletter. Our new circular economy concept for the textile and chemical industries is taking shape as we enter the project's final nine months.

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Citizen Labs to Take Place in Annecy on 27-28 February

As part of RESYNTEX’s research, facilitators from Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) and Prospex Institute invite the public to join them in Annecy le Vieux, France, for an informal focus group with refreshments. Come and have a chat over dinner and share your views on fashion, clothing and recycling, as well as the disposal and recycling options that are currently available. 

Participants can attend one of the events on the afternoon or evening of Tuesday 27th, or the afternoon on Wednesday 28th February. Take part in some fun and worthwhile research on new ways of turning textile waste into a valuable resource and keeping it out of landfill.

To sign up to attend, please go to or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

New Study Develops Chemo-enzymatic Treatment to Recover PET Building Blocks

The textile industry covers many different types of fibres, 54% of which is represented by synthetic materials. Research shows that the consumption of synthetic fibres increased by 77% during the period 2000-2012 and that polyesters are the most used materials in the textile industry. Among these, polyethylene terephthalate (PET) is one of the most established. PET is a semi-crystalline thermoplastic polymer which shows excellent tensile strength, chemical resistance and high thermal stability. However, the amount of PET waste is increasing dramatically and it is vital to create an efficient and green recycling process.

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eu funding

RESYNTEX received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement 641942.