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Design to Collect & Recycle

Projekt inom Textile & Fashion 2030

Project structure

The project Design to Collect & Recycle, aims to inspire and help companies go further in their tasks to collect used textiles and to facilitate recycling of the products by correct choices in the design. The conditions of recycling have to influence the design to enable recycling to a higher degree. This leads to a contribution to fulfilling the UN’s sustainability goals: 8.4 Improving resource efficiency in consumption and production, 12.2 Sustainable management and use of natural resources, 12.4 Responsible handlings of chemicals and waste, and 12.5 Significantly reducing the amount of waste.

Read more about the structure and content via this link, in Swedish (.pdf)

EVENT ONE: The Conditions to Recycle

Lecture 1: Collect used textiles, Magnus Nilsson

The conditions of recycling start in the collection of the textile resource. It is important to collect the textiles in a way that keeps its value as high as possible. Björkåfrihet is an important part in collecting textiles from both the private and public sectors.

Magnus Nilsson, Sustainability Manager at Björkåfrihet

Magnus has a past as a manager and experience with procurements. He has many years of experience in collecting textiles and recyclable items. As well as with logistics around these recycled material flows. As sustainability manager at Björkåfrihet, he ensures that as much material as possible is reused or recycled, in the best way and by the right parties. He also works to persuade the private and public sectors to increase the proportion of used material in their operations.

Speaker presentation

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Lecture 2: Recycle Textiles, Lisa Schwarz Bour & Mattias Andersson

Recycling is made by mechanical or chemical processes. Which process that is possible or most suitable for a product depends on for example the material content, fabric structure, accessories, chemical content etc.

Lisa Schwarz Bour, Unit Director at RISE

Lisa Schwarz Bour, works as Director for the unit The Environment and Sustainable Chemistry at RISE. Lisa has since 2015 worked within the field of textile recycling and textile management systems for a circular economy, and has been in several other projects in the field, including Test bed textile recycling, Trash-2-Cash, SIPTex, Tex.IT, ENTIS, WargoTex, RFID FashionTech, CelluTex, Classification and Risk Assessment of Textile Recycling Textiles (Vinnova) and projects within SIP RE: Source. The focus of these projects ranges from applications of recycled textile, through information systems for transparency and traceability to the chemical content of textile for material recycling.

Mathias Andersson, Project Manager at RISE

Ph.D. researcher and project manager in polymeric materials at RISE. He works mainly with plastic recycling, both in mechanical and chemical recycling. His expertise lies in the chemistry and physics of polymers and he has therefore worked a lot with analyzes and evaluations of plastic materials. In the field of plastic recycling, he has experience in regulated chemicals, depolymerization, recyclable packaging, bioplastics, and more.

Speaker presentation

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Lecture 3: Consequence analysis, Jonas Larsson

Jonas Larsson, forskare inom Textilt Management med fokus på att designa bort slöseri och skadliga ämnen från textila värdekedjor, se till så att produkter ges långa liv och att stödja regenerativa naturliga system.

Lecture 4, In the light of the LCA, Jutta Hildebrand

Jutta Hildenbrand, PhD, Senior Scientist. She is a specialist in environmental systems analysis of textiles, with over 15 years of experience in the field. She performs and supervises research in the field of LCA of textile products and chemicals management commissioned both by authorities, industry and public funding agencies.