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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 bit.ly/2DX7VKB 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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Not All Textile Waste Is Created Equal: RESYNTEX Citizen Labs on Shopping, Disposal and Recycling in Manchester

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According to the World Resources Institute, roughly 20 pieces of clothing are manufactured per person each year. While today’s consumers tend to purchase 60% more clothing than in 2000, they keep it for about half as long. Understanding what consumers do with textile items and clothes they no longer want or need is a crucial element of the RESYNTEX project.

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RESYNTEX’s First Citizen Lab

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The first round of the RESYNTEX Citizen Labs will take place in Manchester on the 5th and 6th October 2017. RESYNTEX is an EU project, looking at new ways of turning textile waste into a valuable resource, and keeping it out of landfill.

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