Together with The Hong Kong
Research Institute of Textiles and
Apparel (HKRITA), the H&M
Foundation has developed a new
method for recycling blend textiles into
new fabrics, thus paving the way for a more circular economy.
Using only heat, less than 5% biodegradable green chemical
and water, the new innovative solution is using a hydrothermal
(chemical) fiber-to-fiber recycling process to self-separate
cottons and polyester. The resulting polyester is usable
without any quality loss, thus giving fibers a second life and
saving apparel companies huge costs.
H&M as well as HKRITA plan to make the new technology
available to the global fashion industry so that a closed loop
for textiles can be targeted worldwide.