How old textiles are processed into pulp and fibers

How old textiles are processed into pulp and fibers
Sonja Zak
Image: Lenzing/Koller

The fiber manufacturer Lenzing, the collection and recycling system ARA (Altstoff Recycling Austria AG), the laundry service provider Salesianer Miettex with its headquarters in Vienna and three locations in Upper Austria, Caritas and the Swedish pulp producer Södra are also there. The Lenzing Group announced this yesterday, Thursday.

“One company alone cannot solve the urgent problem of textile waste. It needs partnerships,” says Sonja Zak, responsible for textile recycling activities at Lenzing. The aim of the companies is to drive the change to a circular economy model. For this purpose, old textiles that are no longer reused are collected and delivered to Caritas, where they are sorted by hand using a recycling plant. The textiles come to Södra, where they are recycled and processed into pulp at Lenzing. From this, the leading company produces new lyocell and viscose fibers.

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