Characterisation study of the incoming and outgoing streams from sorting facilities – April 2023

This study, carried out by Refashion with the assistance of Terra, a consultancy firm, aims to improve our knowledge of the composition of the streams collected according to their origin, as well as the distribution of outgoing streams among the various treatment methods, excluding re-use.

Synthesis on optical sorting and recognition technologies, sorting and disassembly of textile materials – April 2023

This study, carried out by Refashion with the assistance of Terra, a consultancy firm, aims to identify all the stages involved, from characterisation to material preparation with a view to recycling. It also provides an overview of the players and projects working on the subject in Europe.

Project results

Mistery project closure report – December 2023

The Mistery project, led by the CEA in partnership with the Boer Group, The Aalto University and Horiba, aimed to prototype the use of multispectral optical sensors for the characterization of used household textiles.

Zapateko II project closure report – March 2023

The Zapateko II project, led by the ERAM group in partnership with the CETIA and winner of the 2020 Challenge Innovation (Refashion’s call for projects), has led to the conception of a report presenting the issues and constraints encountered in the development of a demonstrator for dismantling non-reusable footwear by automatic sorting and assisted tearing. It also reports on the conclusions of the sole reuse study and the first environmental impact analyses.

Refashion Recycle platform’s stakeholders: ERAM Group and CETIA

Thematic notes

Introductory note – The Construction Industry: a promising market for used textiles and footwear recycling – Sept 2023

Note presenting the synergies between the Construction and Textiles & Footwear sectors.

Footwear Workshop Summary Note – December 2022

This workshop provided an opportunity to establish the state of the art for the recycling of non-reusable footwear in France, by bringing together representative players from the entire value chain: sorting operators, technical centres, recyclers and marketers. The dismantling of shoes and the recovery of components are among the many constraints to be lifted in order to recycle shoes, even before talking about the industrialisation of recycling.

Refashion Recyle Platform’s Stakeholders: CETIA, CTC, Fédération Française de la Chaussure, Groupe ERAM, Revalorem et Salomon

Polyamide Workshop Summary Note – July 2022

This workshop brought together stakeholders around a common topic: polyamide recycling. Its development seems today to be slowed down by the viability of the economic model more than by the recycling technology itself. Although there are many other constraints which need to be removed such as the conponents mix in the textiles.

Refashion Recyle Platform’s Stakeholders: CETI, Cycl-add, Infinite Athletic, Chamatex, Emmaus Vertex and Etam

Polyester Workshop Summary Note – May 2022

This workshop takes makes of the current state of polyester fibre recycling in France, thanks to constructive exchanges between sorting operators, technical centres, recyclers and marketers, in closed and open loops. In particular, it appears that the sorting and unravelling stages are decisive before going any further in the recycling process. Obstacles to the correct identification of textile materials persist: conponents mix, the presence in small proportions of some materials (elastane), the use of certain pigments or the 3D structure (multilayers, coating, etc.).

Refashion Recyle Platform’s Stakeholders: Buitex, Brochier technologies, Cetelor, Rossignol, Michelin, Mapea, Ain Fibres and Synergies TLC