T4T – Textiles for textiles will make clothing more sustainable

In Textiles for Textiles (T4T) an automatic sorting installation for post consumer textiles and clothes is demonstrated. The installation is able to sort textile materials on fiber composition (cotton, wool, polyester, blends, …) and on color. Sorting is considered essential in upgrading textile recycling. The sorting is based on NIR-spectroscopy and the sorting algorithms developed in the T4T-project is the standard in textile sorting. This guarantees buyers of sorted textiles a constant quality in terms of composition regardless at what sorting plant they buy and when they buy.

As reclaimed fibers (a product after opening sorted fractions) are amongst the most environmental friendly textiles material available, the T4T-project contributes in making textile products more sustainable.

In NL about5 kgof textile waste per inhabitant is collected for reuse/recycling and another5 kgis recyclable but ends up in the landfill/incinerator (inUKsimilar numbers). ForEuropethis means: ± 7000 ktons of second hand textiles which can be put to value by re-use/recycling.

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The goal of T4T:

  • Development of an industrial scale automated sorting machine for textiles based on NIR technology (building upon the Craft-project Identitex of 2001)
  • Identifying market opportunities of sorted fractions and do small scalepilot projects (clothing and nonclothing)

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