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Project Partners Meet for First General Assembly

The whole RESYNTEX consortium joined for a meeting of its General Assembly and Executive Board across 22-24 June. Taking place in Vouliagmeni near Athens, Greece, the meeting was the first time all partners have met since last year’s kick-off meeting.

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The three-day programme included workshops on a range of topics, such as life cycle analysis (LCA) of textiles, process development and exploitation of research data.

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First RESYNTEX Newsletter Now Online

Screen Shot 2016 05 20 at 17.41.25The newsletter is now available online. Officially launched by EASME in December, RESYNTEX’s first key meetings have taken place and research is now underway. The project is already generating a buzz! Here’s just a few of the things that project partners have been up to...

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Press Release: Circular Economy Change Makers Meet in Manchester

Textiles were the topic of the day at Manchester Metropolitan University on Thursday 12th May 2016. The EU Horizon 2020 RESYNTEX project brought together stakeholders from the local and regional textile industry to discuss how circular economy processes could revolutionise the region. With the city council currently spending around £5 million per year of taxpayers’ money disposing of unwanted textiles, addressing these issues has never been more relevant.

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Media Interest in RESYNTEX Grows Following Official Launch

Bioreactor - photo credit: BOKU

It has been only a few months since RESYNTEX was officially launched by EASME and already it is generating a buzz. Our project was announced alongside twelve other waste-related research initiatives at a kick-off meeting in December and publications from many sectors (circular economy, recycling, textiles and fashion) have covered RESYNTEX since. 

The coverage highlights how RESYNTEX will use industrial symbiosis to introduce circular economy models into the textile and chemical industries.

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Press Release: RESYNTEX Caps Successful 2015 Launch with Executive Board Meeting

Bled EB MeetingRESYNTEX is a €11 million research project with the core objective to create a new circular economy concept for the textile and chemical industries.  Through industrial symbiosis, the project aims to produce secondary raw materials from textile waste.  The EU-funded project will hold its first executive board meeting on 18 December 2015 in Bled, Slovenia.

The project is divided into ten work packages.  Each focuses on a specific goal such as the development of industrial applications for recovered feedstocks or the assessment of the economic and environmental performance of newly developed processes.  After the successful launch in June, work package leaders will meet to evaluate the project’s progress.  The project co-coordinator IOS (Institute for Environmental Protection and Sensors) is based in Slovenia and will host the meeting.  RESYNTEX is led by the SOEX GROUP, a German company active in high quality collection, sorting and processing of used textiles at global level.

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RESYNTEX Featured at the Conference ‘Innovating for Sustainability in European Textiles and Clothing’

Pailak at ETP confThe conference, held on 28 October in Brussels by the European Technology Platform for the Future of Textiles and Clothing, welcomed some 130 participants from 20 European countries.  Keynote speakers from industry, international organisations and leading consulting firms confirmed the strongly growing role that all aspects of sustainability play in today’s textiles and clothing business.

RESYNTEX was featured at one of the sessions.  Pailak Mzikian (middle right) from SOEX GROUP presented the situation of post-consumer textile recycling in Europe and new technologies developed by the RESYNTEX project.  Other specialised sessions on material sustainability, resource efficient production and new consumer-integrated business models showcased the latest technologies and industry pilots in areas like textile recycling, EU natural fibre utilisation, water and energy-saving or customisation and supply chain transparency.

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