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Isko and HKRITA develop recycling technique


Top denim brand Isko has signed a licensing agreement with textile research and development company HKRITA to develop the revolutionary Green Machine. This is unique technology fully separates and recycles cotton and polyester blends at scale. With this, Isko will be able to advance and commercialize recycling technologies which will enable the company to offer a 100 per cent post-consumer recycling solution to its customers. Moreover, Isko and HKRITA will collaborate to develop related technology, firming the company’s position as a spearhead in sustainability.

The Green Machine uses an innovative and ultra-efficient hydrothermal treatment method that decomposes cotton into cellulose powders and enables the separation of polyester fibers from blended fabrics. The process is a closed-loop and uses only water, heat and less than five per cent biodegradable green chemicals. Crucially, this method maintains the quality of polyester fibers; the cellulose powders, which are clean and toxic-free, can be used in a variety of ways.

Isko is the first denim producer in the world to be recognised with the Nordic Swan and EU Ecolabel certifications. The company has a production capacity of 300 million meters of fabric a year with 2000 high-tech automated looms. Isko has a global presence with offices in 35 countries.