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A giant leap forward Recycling old garments into new garments now possible

Fashion retailer Monki has released the world’s first collection made from the Green Machine. This machine is the result from a research project with H&M Foundation and HKRITA.

Today, most recycled polyester comes from old plastic bottles. With the Green Machine, we can for the first time

separate polyester fibres from textile blends - with no quality loss - and turn it into new thread and garments. It’s a huge leap forward in the quest on creating a more sustainable fashion future.

The first industrial-sized system is built at Kahatex, one of Indonesia’s largest textile manufacturer.

“We still have a lot to learn and improve as we are integrating the system with an existing and highly optimized factory,” says Erik Bang, Innovation Lead at H&M Foundation.

“Based on these learnings, we will improve the design and offer an even better system to the industry.”

The Green Machine will be

licensed by HKRITA at a cost price – meaning with no profit – to anyone interested. “We think this is the best way to maximise fast and meaningful impact, and to accelerate the transformation needed in the industry,” says Erik.


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