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RECURF focuses on the possibilities to process the new material combinations of bio-based plastics and textile residues in attractive circular products for interior and exterior uses



What is the goal of the project?

The residents of Amsterdam produce an average of 17kg of textile waste per person per year. Of this, only 16% is collected separately. The rest end up as residual waste and will be incinerated. Only apart of the separated gathered textile is suitable for reuse or high quality recycling. The combination of textile wastefibres and bio-based plastics produce new materials with unique properties. Together with clothing collection organization Sympany, the AUAS is doing research to the possibilities of making lasting products with the discarded textiles of the inhabitants of Amsterdam. But also companies as Starbucks and Schiphol airport have textile waste flows; a unique circular product and business model arises by processing these for example in furniture for their own shops or departure and arrival halls.

What is the result of the project?

RECURF focuses particularly on the possibilities to process the new material combinations of bio-based plastics and textile residues in attractive circular products for interior and exterior uses. Research is being done to:

the mechanical and aesthetic properties of new material combinations,
the appropriate processing techniques and design strategies for application of these materials ,
the circular nature of the realized designs, including environmental impact and the end-of-life scenarios'
circular business models with an interesting value proposition and revenue model for the companies involved, in order to bring designs successfully to the market.

Who initiated the project and which organizations are involved?

This research project is initiated by the university of applied sciences and multiple companies within the Metropolitan Region of Amsterdam.

www.hva.nl/recurf

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Jim Bowes

Woud they decompose?

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Jim Bowes

Hi Kim,
For SandBossing (sandprinting) I need 1mm but there are many other techniques in our new industry and for these the material can be thicker. 20x20 is too small :( I have seen some amazing materials but 20x20 cm just is not big enough I need 100x100cm Not always but mostly.
But aside from the size issue which could be solved, I am interested to know if the material can be laser cut or cut with a CnC cutter? What about end of life? The circle economy is where I am headed so this is critical for me.
Thanks!

Kim Nackenhorst's picture
Kim Nackenhorst

Hi Jim,
Thanks for you messages.
At the moment we can make plates of 20x20 cm, is that big enough? And what is the thickness you would need?
Regards,
Kim

Jim Bowes's picture
Jim Bowes

Hi Kim,

I am looking for a sheet material to use for sjabloons. Would these materials be suitable.
Here is a little video of a project I am working on so that you can see what I need.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIKbYPa8xS4
Your expertise would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks

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