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Resortecs solves recycling complexity with dissolvable threads

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Type of organisation or company:

Country: 
Belgium
City: 
Waarschoot

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Start/End date: 
01/2016
Ongoing: 
Yes

Type of funding:

Resortecs - Cedric Vanhoeck

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Description: 

Zippers and buttons make garment recycling complicated as the removal of such details calls for manual assistance, making the process both costly and time consuming.

Resortecs® solves this problem by supplying a thread that simply dissolves at a high temperature. This thread makes both repairing and recycling much simpler.

When used for regular seams, the whole piece of clothing can easily be disassembled so that the fabric can be used over and over in new ways, cutting the need to produce fabric from scratch. Resortec’s innovation does not limit the creativity of the designer and/or product developer.

Resortecs’ thread does not require modifications in manufacturing or design. It is one of the simplest and most affordable ways for brands to advance towards product circularity. For brands already on the path to circularity, Resortecs’ thread allows to optimise their processes and to recover more fabric (by getting rid of the hard points) but also to re-use adornments, high value material, zippers and buttons.

Main results: 
  • enables sustainability conscious fashion brands a simple and affordable path to circular manufacuring, thus further strengthening their value proposition and brand image.
  • thermo-dissolvable thread supports local circular textile recycling by allowing for easy disassembly of textiles (using an oven). The low dependency on manual labor allows for local recycling in areas with high labor costs.
  • innovation provides the brands with an alternative source of material (the re-covered component) now locally sourced. At a macro scale, this local source of material offers the potential for stakeholders to reinforce Europe's textile industry and develop a short supply chain model.
  • dissolvable stitching thread allows for easy repair, which represents a major (manual) cost today.
  • makes circular economy understandable to the general public through the visual character of disassembly (the storytelling potential). This makes it suitable as a means of communication for brands, media and governments.