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At Little Swappies, part of our mission is to make it easy and fun to reduce, reuse, and recycle. With the recent introduction of textile recycling at Little Swappies events, our events have become 100% zero waste – making it easy to drop off clothing and textiles to be swapped, donated, and recycled.

We believe that advances in recycling technology and education about textile recycling will soon change the clothing industry.Worn Again, a UK-based company has created a textile-to-textile chemical recycling technology that is able to separate and extract polyester and cotton from old or end-of-use clothing and textiles. This first of its kind technology will enable the ‘recaptured’ polyester and cellulose from cotton to be spun into new fabric creating a ‘circular resource model’ for textiles.

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This technology addresses a major issue in textile-to-textile recycling, namely, how to separate blended fiber garments, and how to separate dyes and other contaminants from polyester and cellulose.

It was recently announced that Worn Again’s technology is entering the next phase of development tests. Global companies H&M and Kering, via its brand PUMA, will be monitoring the testing of this technology. By converting the reclaimed raw materials into yarn, developing fabric and creating garments, these tests will aim to demonstrate that the technology could be commercially viable, and might be able to provide an effective solution for the circular recycling of clothes and textiles.

The technology is also an innovation in the apparel sector because it presents a solution to the use of polyester derived from oil, a non-renewable resource, by using low impact raw materials for cellulosic fibers and fabrics.

“We are excited to be part of this project together with Kering and Worn Again. In the long-run this can change the way fashion is made and massively reduce the need for extracting virgin resources from our planet. Furthermore, it brings us closer to our goal of creating fashion in a circular model”, said Anna Gedda, Head of Sustainability at H&M.

“Innovation is what we need to solve our global environmental challenges. Our collaboration with H&M and Worn Again is a great example of this, demonstrating how we can design and deliver a solution that will be fundamental in eradicating textile waste while simultaneously offering a new type of sustainable raw material for our Sport & Lifestyle brands”, said Marie-Claire Daveu, Chief Sustainability Officer and Head of international institutional affairs at Kering.

For more information about this exciting venture, be sure to visit: http://www.hm.com/us/