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Award Winning Textile Recycling opens in Hong Kong - HKRITA

Updated: Apr 24, 2020

The four-year innovative partnership between the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA) and the non-profit H&M Foundation is helping to close the Loop for the Fashion Industry and local community by opening the first local G2G (Garment-to-Garment) Recycled garment facility in Hong Kong.

On the 3rd September 2018, The Hong Kong Research Institute of textiles and Apparel (HKRITA)'s first award-winning textile recycling technology units opened their doors and put into practice both Industrial and retail level recycling solutions.

With openings of the new industrial facility at the Novotex Factory in Tai Po Industrial Estate and the retail shop selling 'Garment-to-Garment' (G2G) recycled garments at The Mills, Tsuen Wan the Hong Kong community and fashion industry now have access to post-consumer blended textile separation, recycling by Hydrothermal treatment, Upcycling Post-consumer blended products and Garment-to-Garment ground breaking solutions to reuse textiles made of mixed fibres right on their doorsteps. These two platforms provide significant platforms for Hong Kong's Sustainable development of the textile and apparel industries and achieve major breakthroughs in creating closed loop solutions for post-consumer textiles through recycling.

These two platforms not only revitalise a decade old garment industry in Hong Kong, but also create a sustainable end-to-end solution that helps discourage the unnecessary disposal of clothes by demonstrating that textile recycling is possible even in compact and busy cities like Hong Kong.

HKRITA & Novetex are both leading the way in sustainable innovation in Hong Kong and are pioneers in applying this award-wining technology at a production scale and level to the industry. The mechanical recycling system provides a safe and dry process to recycle textile waste into quality textile fibre which can then be used in the production of yarn, fabric and garments. The facility will eventually have 3 production lines, each capable of producing one ton a day of recycled fibres from post-consumer textiles.

The Novotex factory will be fully operational in October 2018 and providing sustainable and effective means of fibre-to-fibre recycling.

Above images were taken by RawAssembly at The Mills in Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong - 6th Sept 2018


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