RECURF – A New Life for Urban Textiles
The RECURF project researched re-using circular urban fibres and biobased plastics in urban products. A variety of companies within the Amsterdam metropolitan region have textile waste which they cannot reuse in a good way. You can think of burlap bags used for shipping Starbucks coffee or the part of the textile Sympany collects that is not wearable or reusable for spinning new yarns. Nowadays, these textile residuals are being incinerated or either processed into filling or isolation material.
Within the RECURF project and together with several companies, the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS) studies how textiles can get a new life. New materials can arise with unique characteristics and application possibilities by combining textile residues with bio-based plastics. Preferably, with these techniques new products should be developed that can be used again or can be sold by the companies. We are researching whether this generates an interesting circular business model, with both economic as ecological value.
The RECURF project led to practically applicable knowledge which brings values to the circular and bio-based economy: tools, processing techniques, and knowledge about circular business models. Examples of specific results are for instance material samples and data sheets, inspiring application examples of prototypes from products and descriptions of cases and circular business models. The developed knowledge is shared with the work field with the help of publications, presentations, workshops, and exhibitions.
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