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The textile and fashion industry are facing a major paradigm shift. New legal requirements are expected in 2024, which means that Sweden will collect three times more textiles and clothing than today, which in turn requires that the sorting capacity needs to be significantly increased. This means, among other things, that new technologies for automated textile sorting need to be developed.

Wargön Innovation drives this progress by developing technical solutions together with several partners. Solutions that enable efficient and sustainable textile flows. This is required for Sweden to be able to take care of large quantities of textiles in the future, through reuse, re-design and recycling of materials.

The fiber scanner in Wargön Innovation's test and demo facility in Vänersborg enables automatic textile sorting. Researchers at University West have contributed with solutions for automation, work environment and other technical solutions.

– Textile is a complicated material – often composed of several different types of fibers. For University West, this is a completely new application, but it connects well to our research in automation solutions and also to sustainability and circular economy, says Linn Gustavsson, senior lecturer at University West.

– Working together with technical solutions for sorting textiles is both interesting and important from a sustainability perspective. Through a type of fiber, you can create new material flows that can be included in new business models. The equipment provides completely new possibilities for sorting and recycling.

The textile sorting equipment is built within the project WargoTex Development and has been financed by Re:source and by Sweden's Textile and Fashion Company, TEKO, and University West.

More about Wargön Innovation 

Linn Gustavsson, University West
Phone: 4670946 26 54