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In an effort to cut down on the amount of textile waste dumped in landfills, Arvind Ltd. and PurFi Global have formed a collaborative venture. Arvind is one of India’s biggest integrated textile and branded apparel companies.
Using 96% less water and 90% less energy than virgin fibre production, PurFi Global is a sustainable technology company that specialises in reviving industrial textile waste into goods of pristine grade.
Each year, the textile industry produces 284 billion pounds of post-consumer waste in addition to more than 64 billion pounds of post-industrial textile waste. However, only 12% of textiles are recycled globally, and only 1% are upcycled.
The first of a planned series of fibre rejuvenation facilities will be situated by one of Arvind’s manufacturing facilities in India following the partnership between PurFi and Arvind. This factory will recycle virgin-like fibres from two lines from the processing of textile wastes such as white cotton, coloured cotton, denim, and synthetics. With plans to increase capacity over the next five years, each line will initially have an annual capacity of 5,500 tonnes.
These two lines are expected to cost between Rs 200 and Rs 250 crore. Plans for expansion include adding a production line that uses one of PurFi’s unique technologies to remove elastomers from fabrics.
The joint venture is slated to start construction in the fourth quarter of 2022 with full production expected to commence in the fourth quarter of 2023, reports Business Standard.