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BACKGROUND OF THE PROBLEM
When fabric rolls are laid out for cutting in factories, the off-cuts are set aside as scraps.
If not sorted or organised, the waste can consist of different materials (cotton, polyester, CVC, TC or any other contents). The typical practice of factories is to dispose of the waste post-production to waste handlers for consolidation.
Fabric scraps can be re-used commercially in areas such as composite materials like mattress fillings, but in these cases they are effectively down-cycled. In some instances, they are used as feedstock to run boilers, but it is a pollutive process.
We are looking for solutions to recycle and/or upcycle our textile waste into higher value novel resources.
At this moment, the current recycling/upcycling process of textile waste faces the following key challenges:
Currently, we generate the following estimated wastage per country:
Ideally, we would be looking to reduce this volume by at least 30% (or more).
Based on the aforementioned background of the problem, we are looking for solutions with two potential routes to market:
Solutions and their limitations:
Solution we are not interested in:
TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS / PERFORMANCE CRITERIA:
There are two routes to market for solution providers:
Route to market 1: Full recycling solutions for our textile waste with the aim of re-utilising the textile waste directly back into our business. In this scenario, we would be open to consider becoming the end-customer.
For this route to market, we would be looking at the following technical requirements and performance criteria to evaluate solutions on a case-by-case basis:
Route to market 2: Recycling solutions to repurpose our textile waste into novel applications for new markets. Examples could include: FabBRICK, Green Ceramics and Fabric-Formed Concrete.
Specific performance criteria and technical requirements would have to be co-defined here with the end-customer for the specific application.
For route-to-market 1: re-utilisation into our business
We would be open to consider up to a 20% increase in cost for the fibres/textiles if the material properties meet our requirements and if we are able to meet our sustainability targets.
For route-to-market 2: novel applications for our waste:
Cost targets are to be determined together with the potential end-customer
TIMEFRAME FOR DEVELOPMENT
Phase 1: PoC or Pilot
Phase 2: Further commercial roll-out to be discussed on a case-by-case basis
POTENTIAL MARKET / BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY
Route-to-market 1: We believe that other factories will be interested to adopt the solution afterwards. Hence, there is potential for a global market roll-out. In this scenario and in case the solution proves its efficacy, Teo-Garment is willing to potentially procure the solution.
Route to market 2: Recycling solutions to repurpose our textile waste into novel applications for new markets. Examples could include: FabBRICK, Green Ceramics and Fabric-Formed Concrete. In this scenario, Teo-Garments can help to bring the solution to market but will not be the end-customer to procure the solution.
Dependent on market application and use case.
Contact / source: Enterprise Singapore Sustainability Open Innovation Challenge - Sustainability Open Innovation Challenge 2022 (innovation-challenge.sg)
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