Worn Again Technologies (WAT), a UK-based technology licensing company that is a signatory to and major contributor to the UNFCCC’s Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action, is looking to develop textile recycling facilities that are integrated into the urban ecosystem.

WAT and its strategic partners met in Copenhagen to discuss the next steps in building advanced polymer recycling facilities for textiles. Inspired by Amager Bakke, an energy-from-waste facility – also known as “Copenhill” – with an outdoor sports center including a ski slope on the roof, the organization aims to engage communities and change perceptions of manufacturing both environmentally and culturally. After completing extensive feasibility and pilot testing, and developing a vision for the future of the textile recycling industry, WAT says it is close to building its first full-scale facility. The technology relies on innovative polymer separation and purification processes to transform non-recyclable, hard-to-recycle polyester and cotton fiber blends into new, high-quality materials for the production of new textiles.

The two-day meeting enabled a compelling exchange of insights and ideas between WAT management and strategic partners. The goal is to shift paradigms and perceptions from isolated recycling facilities to social architectural landmarks that are connected to the community and support the textile industry’s commitment to net-zero CO2 emissions by 2050. Copenhagen provided an ideal location for the event, as the capital city has a goal to become the world’s first carbon-free city. In addition, participants were inspired by the aforementioned Amager Bakke, a combined heat and power plant.

Erik Koep, CEO of WAT, said, “The meeting was extremely productive. We were able to take significant steps forward with our plans for a full-scale textile recycling plant. In particular, visiting Amager Bakke was key to stimulating the discussion on how Worn Again Technologies’ facilities can integrate into urban ecosystems and contribute in a variety of ways. We aim to develop facilities that will benefit local communities as well as supply the textile industry, all while creating a circular economy.”

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Copenhill (Amager Bakke) in Copenhagen