re.solution: Chemical recycling to reduce mountains of used textiles

According to the European Commission, one truck load of textiles ends up on landfill or in incineration globally every second. To provide a scalable alternative, the founders of
re.solution have developed a chemical recycling technology for polyester-containing textiles.

The proprietary process runs on renewable energy and thus achieves a low carbon footprint while consuming little chemicals and water in comparison with similar processes/technologies. It is further designed to overcome textile-specific recycling challenges like the recycling of fibre blends and the removal of impurities. Due to its robustness and a high product quality, the process is economically competitive compared to polyester’s fossil route. 

re.solution was founded in 2023 as a start-up project from RWTH Aachen University, Germany. The fundamental idea originated in a collaboration between the Aachener Verfahrenstechnik (AVT) and the Institut für Textiltechnik (ITA). Based on its high innovation potential, the start-up is currently funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) and the European Union to further scale the technology (“EXIST Forschungstransfer”).

The long-term ambition is to develop and operate plants at an industrial scale that help achieve the industry’s sustainability objectives based on circular and affordable raw materials from polyester-containing textiles.

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