While Austria and the EU are introducing new regulations for the separate collection of textile waste, Redwave presented an innovation in the field of textile recycling at IFAT 2024 in Munich, the world’s largest trade fair for environmental technologies: Redwave TEX. This state-of-the-art sorting machine is ready to tackle the increasing demands on textile recycling and pave the way for a more sustainable future.

With the EU requirement to collect textiles separately from 2025 and the fact that Austria produces 220,000 tons of textile waste every year – of which only around 50,000 tons are currently collected – the need for efficient, precise and scalable recycling solutions is obvious. Effective recycling in the textile industry is still in its infancy. Redwave therefore considers it particularly important to support the industry on its path to recycling and to develop innovative solutions together with its customers in order to promote a sustainable future.

Precise and efficient textile sorting

Redwave TEX is a major breakthrough for the company, providing a fully automated, sensor-based solution that uses advanced technologies to sort textiles accurately and efficiently. From delicate silk blouses to rugged jeans, Redwave TEX can accurately sort a wide variety of textile products based on material composition, color, shape, foreign object detection and specific garment types. Various technologies make it possible to efficiently sort either entire garments or shredded textiles, including used clothing, production waste, returns, hospital clothing and unsold goods.

Great interest

“The interest in textile recycling is enormous, as was impressively demonstrated in mid-May at the world’s largest environmental trade fair IFAT in Munich,” says Silvia Schweiger-Fuchs, Managing Director of Redwave. “We are proud to have recognized the need for this material flow early on and to be able to deliver a solution for the textile industry right now.” With the introduction of Redwave TEX, Redwave is not only responding to regulatory changes, but also taking a leading role in promoting a sustainable future through innovative recycling solutions.

Picture above: Redwave presented new technology for the recycling of textiles at IFAT. Photo: Redwave

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