New life for used textiles made from blended fibers
In the trials of the project, 12 yarn qualities in different blend ratios have meanwhile been spun. All approaches to spinning, both in the pilot plant and on industrial spinning machines, led to very good results. The raw material for the production of the yarns consists of sorted used workwear (made of 60% PET and 40% cotton) and old clothes (made of unknown fiber blends) as well as raw PET.
From the resulting recycling yarns, imat-uve created various fabric samples. It could be seen that even yarn made of 100% blended fibers could be woven industrially without complications. There were no thread breaks and hardly any fiber abrasion during weaving. In tests with previous yarn and weaving versions, standard tests for the automotive industry have already been passed very well.
Besides imat-uve, the project consortium consists of the partners C2C ExpoLab, FBBasic, Stichting Texperium and Trützschler. The project is supported by the European Union within the framework of the INTERREG Germany-Netherlands program and co-financed by the North Rhine-Westphalian Ministry of Economic Affairs (MWIDE NRW), the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate (EZK) and the provinces of Limburg and Overijssel.