Thanks to a Swedish recycling mill, old clothes can be reprocessed via a new method. About 80 billion items of clothing are produced globally every year and it requires about 20,000 litres of water to make 1kg of cotton. These number are allegedly enough to make only one T-shirt and a pair of jeans. The Swedish recycling mill however uses about 80% less water to make its cotton. Through the new system, used cotton fabrics are separated and also ‘de-dyed’ in order to remove colour before they are turned into a pulp called circulose, which is dried into sheets. These sheets are further sold to textile companies in order to make thread. “We can produce 7000 tonnes per year annually of this dissolving pulp and that equals the weight of 30 million T-shirts. We are the first company which is doing this on an industrial scale. We are not just producing kilos, we are producing tonnes, and that’s very important for the industry to realise that this can be done on a real scale and makes a real difference,” commented Mattias Jonsson, CEO of RE:NEWCELL on the latest technology. Experts alleged, garments which undergo this process can be recycled several more times. The method adopted by this recycling mill is majorly promising in the process of recycling. H&M will soon sell clothing made from this recycling process. Stella McCartney wants the fashion industry to use 100% recycled or sustainable materials in clothes manufacturing by 2030.
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