- story by MaterialDistrict
People in Amsterdam produce on average 17 kg of textile waste per person per year. Only 16 per cent of this is collected separately. The rest ends up with residual waste and is burned. From the collected textile waste, only part of it can be reused or recycled. Combining waste textile with biobased plastic results into new material with unique qualities.
Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (HvA) is working alongside Sympany, a charity that collects textile and shoes, to research the possibilities to make products with waste textile from the citizens of Amsterdam. However, companies such as Starbucks also produce waste textile. By reusing this material in for instance furniture for the Starbucks stores, a circular product and business model comes into being.
The Recurf project focuses mainly on processing new material combinations made from biobased plastics and textile waste into attractive products for in- and exterior use.