ITMA 2023: Recycling Tech
As ITMA 2023 concludes, after a weeklong exhibition in Milan, we take a deeper look at recycling technology.
Recycling is becoming an integral part of sustainable textile and garment manufacturing. This is being driven in part by the EU’s Strategy for Textiles, which calls for all textile products on the EU market to be durable, repairable and recyclable – and largely made of recycled fibres – by 2030.
Another key driver is rising consumer awareness and demand for sustainability.
The upsurge in recycling is leading to the creation of many new supply chain partnerships. But first of all, let’s look at what is takes to recycle.
What recycling requires
Here is ITMA’s list of machines and processes neeeded to manufacture recycled product:
• Textile recycling equipment
• Waste water treatment equipment
• Separation of solid, fluid and gaseous substances from exhaust air and exhaust water equipment
• Heat recovery systems
• Waste management equipment
• Other waste reduction and pollution prevention equipment
• Accessories for recycling and waste reduction equipment
Recycling drives new partnerships
Innovative recycling partnerships are transforming the textile industry. At ITMA, the European Technology Platform for the Future of Textiles and Clothing, ETP, offered a Recycling Technologies Tour which highlighted several of these.