February 23, 2018


Image (video still): Fibersort Project / Circle Economy

Circle Economy, a Dutch non-profit organisation focused on the transition towards a circular economy, has launched their Fibersort Project. This technology is able to automatically sort large volumes of mixed post-consumer textiles based on their fibre composition. The development of the Fibersort technology was funded by the Interreg North-West Europe Programme, and the first system is now in operation. Circle Economy will start testing the system with project partners Valvan Baling Systems, ReShare, Procotex, Worn Again and Smart Fibersorting. Results of the testing will be shared in future Fibersort reports, with the project partners expecting to launch a commercially viable Fibersort process into the market in September 2019.

The goal of the Fibersort project is to increase textile-to-textile recycling and to make a closed-loop textile industry possible. According to Circle Economy, the Fibersort technology reduces the need for virgin textile materials and makes textile sorting and recycling economically feasible.

A Demo Day for the Fibersort technology will take place in the Netherlands on the 14th of March. During the event, the technology can be seen at work and performance information will be shared. Furthermore, project partners will host workshops during the Demo Day to increase the understanding of the issues around recycled textiles.

More information about the Fibersort Demo Day: https://circle-economy.com/fibersort-demo-day

Tags: circle economy, circular economy, end of life, fibersort, interreg, procotex, recycling, reshare, valvan, worn again.