On the 13th of December, the partners of the DiginTrace project, European Plastics Converters (EuPC) and Centexbel, met for a visit to Centexbel’s facilities in Kortrijk, Belgium. The meeting provided an opportunity for in-depth discussions on the current state of the project and collaborations, with a focus on Work Package 6, dedicated to piloting and demonstration. In addition, both parties agreed on the future steps and tasks that will be undertaken on the Work Package 6.

During the visit, EuPC reiterated its commitment to support the promotion of the Belgian case led by Centexbel. This demo case focuses on a demonstration project targeting the qualities of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) derived from recycled polyester, specifically adapted to textile applications.

The case aims to demonstrate the suitability of PET derived from recycled polyester for textile applications. The project aims to utilise End-of-Life plastics and textiles by addressing two types of recycled polyester: normal (standard grade) and high tenacity (HT) PET. The overall goal is to use normal recycled PET for fiber-to-fiber recycling, overcoming the challenges of decontamination and thermoplastic recycling.

The collaboration between EuPC and Centexbel represents a significant step towards sustainable practices in the plastic and textile industries. The innovative approach to polyester recycling demonstrated in this case aims to create a new era of environmentally conscious textile products, with the potential for wider implications in the broader recycling ecosystem. The DiginTrace project is expected to provide solutions to the challenges posed by plastic waste and recycling in today’s industrial landscape.

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