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BRIEFINGS

SWATCHES

An evolutionary
jacket, upcycled

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The first circular functional
jacket made from used textiles
could lead the way to a wastefree synthetic clothing industry.
Comfortable and waterproof,
it's certified by OEKO-TEX®
and bluesign® in line with the
stringent STANDARD 110.
Photos: Sympatex.

n 2017, five European companies that
committed to manufacturing textiles from
100 percent recycled materials teamed up to
create wear2wear™, a partnership that works
to close the textile loop. Today, wear2wear
includes nine core members and three
technology partners.
Two of those partners, Sympatex and
Schoeller Textil AG, collaborated to introduce
the rEvolution Hybrid, an upcycled functional
jacket made from 30 percent used textiles and
70 percent recycled PET bottles.
The process begins by mechanically
reducing used 100 percent polyester (PES)
textiles into fibers and converting them into
granulate using a polymer melting process.
The granulate is melted again before it is spun
into new PES filament yarn that is processed
into polyester fabric by Schoeller Textil AG.
Next, the fabric is laminated with a 100
percent recyclable polyether-ester-based
Sympatex membrane, creating a waterproof
textile that can be recycled again. The chemical
upcycling process enables other substances
such as PU adhesives to be dissolved into a
spinnable concentration so that they gradually
vanish from the recycled textiles.
The concept behind rEvolution Hybrid,
known as Design2Recycle, involves creating
a waste-free synthetic clothing industry by
developing textiles that can continue to be
recycled. It's achieved by using materials that
are as pure grade as possible in combination
with unmixed ingredients and environmentally
compatible equipment and dyes that do not
affect the recycling process.
The wear2wear collaboration included
partner TEXAID, which can determine if
a jacket belongs to the upcycled concept
by reading an RFID chip integrated into
the textile. Partners such as CWS ensure
the collection of used clothing from the
rental business and the protective work
clothing segment. For more information,
visit www.sympatex.com.

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