TECHNOLOGY INSPIRED BY NATURE
It was born in 2019 by thinking about smart concepts from nature and by looking at processes like bees taking nectar and transforming it into honey. BFT founder thought ” what if we use this concept to develop a technology that no matter the textile waste source is able to turn it into something valuable without harming the environment?”. Exactly with this idea BioFashionTech R&D was started.
It makes use of an emerging biotechnological process, described in the butterfly model of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, which is able to decompose fiber polymers into new monomers faster, thus allowing the use of textile waste as an alternative to biomass for the production of biofuels, biogas and perfumes.
HOW TO UPCYCLE TEXTILES IN 4 STEPS:
THE BIOFASHIONTECH METHOD
1. WE WORK WITH POST-INDUSTRIAL AND POST-USE TEXTILE WASTE
2. WE GRIND THE MATERIAL
The material is reduced into small particles
3. WE APPLY THE BIOTECH PROCESS
Using our biotech process garments or production scraps are transomed into new chemical molecules like sugars.
4. WE RECOVER PLASTIC FIBERS AND CREATE VARIOUS PRODUCTS
Our patented pending process excludes any use of polluting chemicals and is able to recover mix synthetic plastic fibers and dyes that are usually blended in the textile and made available for new applications.
NOBLE PROCESS WITH NOBLE BIOPRODUCTS
SYNTHETIC FIBERS VALUE
BioFashionTech technology is able to separate the synthetic portion from the cotton portion, with which synthetic is frequently used in mixed compositions. The synthetic fibers aren’t affected by the process so they keep their “noble” intrinsic values as the virgin ones and they can be directly used reused to make new products avoiding the use of new fossil fuel.
CELLULOSIC NATURAL FIBERS VALUE
Cotton’s recycling has historically been more difficult and less significant than that of the so-called “noble” fibers, like wool, due to its lower unit value and shorter fiber length.
Cotton deadstock, waste and scraps are typically destined for down-cycling into low-value materials such as wiping cloths, carpet padding or insulation for other industries, which results in value loss. In the best case scenario monotype fibers are fiber-to-fiber recycled into new yarn, often using new virgin materials. At certain points of their life these materials will eventually become unusable and thus become end-of-life products which are usually landfilled or incinerated.
Thanks to the BioFashionTech process cotton fibers are transformed into something more noble that their original “status” such as new raw materials that will enter new value chains.
BIOFASHIONTECH, A PATENT PENDING PROCESS: THE MATERIALS
WHICH FIBERS CAN WE RECYCLE?
EMPLOYED MATERIALS – STANDARD
The technology is able to process:
- Synthetic – natural fibers
alone or in different mixtures…and much more.
RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENTS
We believe in sustainable innovation and technologies and we are constantly engaged in R&D activity on the most complex materials provided by our customers.
Some examples? Nilon, elastane, polyamide materials, and much more.
A TRANSFORMER THAT CREATES IMPROVED PERFORMANCE OUT OF EXISTING RESOURCES
The biological cycle of the butterfly diagram
The butterfly diagram, also known as the circular economy system diagram, depicts the continuous flow of materials in a circular economy. On the left-hand side of the butterfly diagram is the biological cycle, which is for materials that can biodegrade and safely return to the earth. Biodegradable materials, such as cotton, may eventually make their way from the technical cycle into the biological cycle once they have degraded to a point where they can no longer be used to make new products.
TRANSFORMING A SOCIETAL CHALLENGE INTO AN OPPORTUNITY
BioFashionTech’s bio-recycling technology enables a systemic change designed to regenerate value, avoiding the extraction of new raw materials, the use of non-renewable energy and the production of waste.
This innovative approach to recycling is based on the principles of circular economy, which seeks to eliminate waste and promote the reuse of resources.