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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Third RESYNTEX Newsletter Now Online

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Our third newsletter is now available online. It's been just over two years now since we started exploring circular processes to produce chemicals from fibres in post-consumer textiles, such as wool, cotton and polyester.

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Learnings from Biorefinery Project to Be Used for RESYNTEX


RESYNTEX will use lessons learnt from the BIOCORE project to realise the design of an industrial scale ‘textile-refinery’. The European research project was one of the first attempts to design a second generation biorefinery supplied with mixed biomass feedstock. Three RESYNTEX Partners – Arkema, CHIMAR and National Technical University of Athens – were involved in the earlier project. The problem of chemical and biochemical processing of waste textiles is similar to that of a multiproduct second generation biorefinery as the feedstock is also waste in the form of residual biomass.

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