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Carbios teams up with global brands to advance circularity in textiles




Carbios, a developer of enzymatic solutions dedicated to the end-of-life of plastic and textile polymers, has signed a two-year agreement with On, Patagonia, Puma and Salomon, to develop solutions for enhancing the recyclability and circularity of their products. The deal entails speeding up the introduction of Carbios’ biorecycling technology, which constitutes a breakthrough for the textile industry.

Carbios and the four companies will also research how products can be recycled, develop solutions to take-back worn polyester items, including sorting and dismantling technologies, and gather data on fibre-to-fibre recycling as well as circularity models, Carbios said in a media release.

Carbios, a developer of enzymatic solutions dedicated to the end-of-life of plastic and textile polymers, has signed a two-year agreement with On, Patagonia, Puma and Salomon, to develop solutions for enhancing the recyclability and circularity of their products. The deal entails speeding up the introduction of Carbios’ biorecycling technology.

The challenge the four brands share, is that their ambitious sustainable development goals can only partially be met by conventional recycling technologies which mostly target bottle-to-fibre recycling. Future regulations will require more circularity in packaging and textile. Yet the market consensus is that there will soon be a shortage of PET bottles, as they will be used for circular production methods in the Food & Beverage Industry.

Carbios’ process constitutes a technological breakthrough for the recycling of polyester (PET) fibres, which are widely used in apparel, footwear and sportswear, on their own or together with other fibres. PET polyester is the most important fibre for the textile industry with 52 MT produced, even surpassing cotton at 23MT. The biorecycling process uses an enzyme capable of selectively extracting the polyester, recovering it to recreate a virgin fibre. This technology makes it possible to recover the PET polyester present in all textile waste that cannot be recycled using traditional technologies.

PET plastics and fibres are used to make everyday consumer goods such as bottles, packaging and textiles.

Emmanuel Ladent, chief executive officer of Carbios, said, “This Consortium model has proved to be very efficient based on the success of the milestones previously achieved in packaging. We are very pleased to partner with these prestigious brands, On, Patagonia, PUMA, and Salomon. Our common goal is to contribute to reducing the environmental impact of the textile industry by offering an industrial solution to recycle polyester fibres and help our partners to meet their sustainable development goals.”

Adrianne Gilbride, senior sustainability manager at On, noted “On is committed to becoming fully circular before the end of the decade. Our partnership with Carbios and the other consortium members is an important step towards enabling the industry to game-changing circular technologies at scale. Fibre-to-fibre recycling is a key building block in closing the loop within the textile and footwear industry.”

Natalie Banakis, materials innovation engineer Patagonia, added “At Patagonia we are actively using our business to ‘save the Home planet’. We are excited to partner with Carbios and the textile consortium to work collaboratively to reduce waste produced by textiles. The textile waste problem is bigger than one company or solution, and Patagonia is excited to be working in a new format to solve this problem.”

Howard Williams, director global innovation apparel and accessories at Puma, added, ”As part of our Forever Better sustainability strategy, we aim to use 75 per cent recycled polyester in our Apparel and Accessories by 2025. The partnership with Carbios and their innovative biorecycling methods offer a promising approach to reach our goals and make our industry as a whole more circular.”

Olivier Mouzin, footwear sustainability manager at Salomon, concluded, “Our goal in joining the consortium is to bring awareness to the end-of-life of textiles, with the ambition of establishing true circularity within the textile industry. The companies in the consortium aim to do this by discovering ways to recycle fibres from one product into another. Partnering with Carbios—a green chemistry leader offering a bio-recycling process that recycles apparel and footwear materials into thread for new products—better enables us to accomplish this goal.”

Fibre2Fashion News Desk (KD)





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