Worn Again Technologies makes step toward a sustainable and circular resource world with the launch of pilot R&D facility

Worn Again Technologies makes step toward a sustainable and circular resource world with the launch of pilot R&D facility

February 18, 2020
Press Release: Worn Again Technologies

Worn Again Technologies, the pioneering polymer recycling technology firm, has announced the launch of its pilot R&D facility as a major step forward in its development process. The facility is located at CPI, a technology and innovation center in Redcar, England

Worn Again Technologies is a specialist in the use of science to recapture raw materials from non-reusable products with a vision to eliminate waste and replace the use of virgin resources.

The pilot plant is designed to validate and develop Worn Again Technologies’ proprietary process which separates, decontaminates and extracts PET polymer and cellulose (from cotton) from non-re-usable textiles and PET bottles and packaging to go back into supply chains as raw materials to become new products as part of a continual cycle.

“The pilot is a significant step in developments as it will allow us to confirm and further optimise the different steps in the process in one unit, accelerating our engineering development to the next step of a demonstrator plant,” stated Nick Ryan, Worn Again Technologies’ technology director.

“It is exciting to have progressed our developments from lab to plant,” added Cyndi Rhoades, founder of Worn Again Technologies. “While there is still a long road ahead, it’s the next tangible step getting us closer to a scalable, commercially viable industrial process that will enable the move away from using finite virgin resources to the circularity of raw materials.”

The team, coordinated by Worn Again Technologies’ chief scientific officer, Dr Adam Walker, began working with CPI on the commissioning of the pilot in the fourth quarter of 2019. The apparatus will be run with a rigorous, disciplined scientific process to meet the needs of the market and customers’ high expectations. Experimentation will include testing of the process using various inputs to understand the yield and quality impact on the product.

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