Akshay Sethi has a vision: to revolutionize fashion by recycling polyester to create a sustainable fibre that can be reused eternally. But this ambitious vision is only part of an even bigger plan: to do the same for all plastics.
His company, Moral Fiber, seeks to close the textile loop through innovative recycling. Moral Fiber has developed a three-step chemical process that can extract polyester from mixed blend materials to create a new yarn, billed as the world’s first textile product made entirely from old clothing. The equipment needed for this transformation can fit into a small shipping container, making it easy to deploy.
For now, the process is being tested in a pilot plant in Los Angeles but next year, Sethi hopes to be able to expand to countries with high levels of consumption and waste so that they can recycle clothing and produce Moral Fiber as well.
Source: UN Environment