Recycling marine litter into durable textiles

Bison code: L.28188

Context/current situation:

The IJssel is polluted with plastic litter. This marine litter continues to pollute our seas and waterways. Retrieval is time demanding and costly. The plastic litter itself is mainly seen as waste; with no value.

The Province of Overijssel has the ambition to make the local textile industry more circular. So far, marine litter is not yet part of that circular strategy.

Problem statement:

CLEAR RIVERS wants to retrieve the plastic litter from the waterways and durably recycle the recovered plastics to bring less harm to the environment and to have a financial return. The textile industry has a recycling potential but still needs to be explored for its local possibilities.

Project or research goal:

Feasibility study into the possibilities of locally retrieving plastic litter from the IJssel and to locally reuse the recovered plastics into durable new  fabrics that can be used by the textile industry. This should lead to the first textile designs and fabric samples.

Project results:

Answer to the question if we can reuse marine litter to make the local textile industry more circular. Insight into the recycling potential and possible applications of the newly developed textiles. Clear insight in the process.

Cluster: Circularity: Waste as Resource 1

This project contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):