This Public-Private-Partnership project, funded by the German Investment and Development Corporation (DEG) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) intends to implement measures for the introduction of circular business processes as well as polyester waste reduction with four Indonesian manufacturers.
The key goal of this pilot project is the introduction of a traceable and effective value chain in Indonesia for the manufacturing of high quality, recycled polyester fibers for the utilization in the international fashion industry.
The development of a waste sorting infrastructure according to a standardized guideline will be implemented to enhance the fiber quality of the current production to match the spinning, knitting and finishing requirements.
The participating project partner companies will enter a strategic partnership, offering a “One-Stop-Shop” solution for recycled polyester products for apparel applications.
Furthermore, the project targets the training of professionals and anchoring know-how with the Indonesian Non-Woven Association and a local universities innovative circular business practices throughout the supply chain.
The production of recycled polyester is challenged by the fact that the sudden, massive demand for recycled plastic from PET bottles for textile materials stands in direct competition with the bottling industry that has pledged to use more recycled plastic in their packaging.
The re-usage of the textile industry’s own polyester waste offers a great opportunity, but at the current state, the quality of the waste material input is very low and heterogeneous.
Standardized quality requirements for the waste sorting are non-existing going along with a lack of expertise for its re-utilization in fiber-to-fiber-recycling into high value materials suitable for the fashion industry.
The project aims to create an integrated, transparent and environmentally friendly value chain with the highest labor standards to produce recycled polyester fabrics by extracting the maximum value and use from waste materials.