COMPLETED RESEARCH PROJECTS

In order to improve the recycling of textiles, research and development is needed. The founders of Texperium and a number of participants are directly involved in research and development projects aimed at improving textile recycling. Some of these projects are:

These projects all started before Texperium was founded and can therefore not be designated as “Texperium projects”.

In Identitex a technology is developed for the automatic sorting of textiles. The sorting technique is based on NIR identification of textile materials. This identification is done in a fraction of one second. After identification, the textile product itself is blown in the appropriate bin. This technique was developed in the period 1999-2001 and demonstrated on a small scale.

Jeans for Jeans was a demonstration project to show the possibility to reuse regained fibers recovered from old jeans, in the production of new jeans.
On May 22, 2008 the first product was delivered to Mrs. J. Cramer, then Minister of Housing and Environmental Affairs.

Textiles for Textiles is a project conducted within the framework of the Eco-innovation program of the EU (2009-2012). It can be seen as a continuation of the project Identitex. In Textiles for Textiles a number of partners is making the Identitex technology suitable for industrial application. End of 2010, this technique will be available for demonstration purposes.

CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS

Contemporary Texperium is involved in several research projects, including the project Cloosing The Loop and Going Eco, Going Dutch, in which the following questions are central;

Technical question
How can we produce attractive and high-quality textiles from local fibers (hemp, wool and recycled fibers) together with local processors and with the input from fashion companies. With wich quality can we dow this; And what is the actual environmental impact in figures?

Design question
In what applications (interior, baby wear, haute couture, confection) are the knits and fabrics applicable? And how can we design in a sustainable manner? Which Design4Recycling principles should we apply in order to bring the product back into the chain after use? What factors can make the design and construction process more sustainable?

Branding & Marketing Question
How can locality, material recycling and sustainability be communicated attractively (branded) in a fashion brand? And what is the competitiveness of these pilot products?