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Worn Again

Objective

To commercialize polymer recycling technology which enables the textile industry to go circular by recapturing PET and cellulose from non reusable products.

Overview

Worn Again has developed a textile-to-textile polymer recycling technology to separate, decontaminate and recapture polyester and cellulose from cotton from end of use textiles and PET plastics to be reintroduced into the supply chain as new, virgin equivalent raw materials. Pre-commercial, scaled up to pilot plant phase.

Producing Countries (2016/17 unless otherwise stated)

HQ: London, UK

Manufacturing Process

Separation, decontamination and extraction of PET and cellulose

Manufacturing Location

Lab (Nottingham), Pilot Plant (Redcar), UK

Fiber Production 2016/17 (MT)

Growth in production (2016/17 - 2017/18)

No data

Market Share of Total Cotton Grown (2017/18)

Projected growth in production

No data

Yield (see accompanying “TE Position” notes)

N/A

Rainfed/ Irrigated

N/A

Water Management

N/A

Soil Fertility

N/A

Biodiversity

N/A

GMOs Permitted?

Potential for GMOs to enter supply chains through feedstock as a result of over 80% conventional cotton being genetically modified.

Use of Hazardous Pesticides

N/A

Use of Synthetic Fertilizer

N/A

LCA available?

No

Water Consumption (m3/ 1000kg fiber*) or best practices used to conserve water

No data

Primary Energy Demand MJ /1000 kg fiber *

No data

Global Warming (kg of CO2-eq/ 1000kg fiber*)

No data

Eutrophication (kg of phosphate-eq/ 1000 kg fiber *)

N/A

Social considerations / regulations

N/A

Verification / Certification (farm level)

N/A

Chain of Custody (supply chain)

No data

Product marketing/labeling

No data

Consumer recognition

Primarly B2B. Works closely with end of use textile supply chain, brand partners and their supply chains and future plant operators.

Livelihoods

N/A

Product marketing/labeling

No data

Quality perception/ implications

Goal to be comparable to virgin raw material specifications.
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