The two companies are teaming up to reduce the release of garment microfibers, one of the biggest challenges in the textile industry.
Air Fiber Washer extracts up to 60% of microfibers during garment manufacturing by using dynamic airflow in combination with microfiltration to capture microfibers.
Each industrial Air Fiber Washer machine will allow for the collection of up to 325 kg of microfibers per year for potential repurposing.
This technology will be shared throughout the industry without any as part of both companies’ commitment to mitigate the release of microfibers.
Microfibers are small particles with a length of less than 15 mm that shed from textiles, especially during initial domestic washes. This is one of the great challenges for the textile industry due to existing limitations in current industrial capacities for water treatment.
With innovative technology, this new development makes it possible to reduce microfiber shedding by up to 60% through the use of air, without employing water or thermal energy and without compromising aspects such as fabric quality.
Its dynamic air flow extracts the microfibers from the garments and collects them in a containment bag for potential recycling, moving us closer towards a circular industry with zero waste.
Each Air Fiber Washer will collect up to 325 kg of microfibers per year, depending on the type of fabric, and machine conditions such as loading and movement.
This technology will be shared with the industry with no strings attached, as part of the effort of both companies to mitigate microfiber shedding.
Inditex is a global fashion retail group, comprising seven brands (Zara, Pull&Bear, Massimo Dutti, Bershka, Stradivarius, Oysho and Zara Home) with a presence in over 200 markets. Its business model is focused on satisfying customer demand in a sustainable way. Inditex is committed to achieving climate neutrality by 2040.