Desposition of

Textile waste

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We collaborate with various waste textile suppliers, categorized into four main groups:
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Recycling centers /

Many end-of-life textiles end up at public recycling sites

Textile industry

The textile industry itself can help by collecting end-of-life textiles


Washing wears out textiles, and therefore a large part of our textiles come from different laundries


A large number of NGOs work to improve the possibilities for recycling textiles



To prevent textiles from developing odors or rotting due to moisture, swift processing is essential. Distribution begins by ensuring textiles are not stacked, allowing for a clear overview of the quantity on the conveyor belt. We implement traceability at the batch level for quantity monitoring.


Following distribution, a preliminary sorting stage takes place, separating all items that are not textiles. Moreover, damp and malodorous textiles are segregated, with a specific sorting process aimed at identifying materials suitable for potential reuse.


This is the core of NewRetex's sorting process. Textiles are sorted based on material type, material composition, structure, and colors. We use a well-established technology that has been further developed for more accurate data. After data registration, conveyor belts are used to distribute the different materials into the correct fractions.


Depending on the subsequent processes, qualities are shredded into different sizes and transformed into open fibers if they are to be spun into yarn.

Seperation of textiles and buttons etc.

To facilitate the recycling process, whether chemical, mechanical, or thermal, it's crucial to separate the "hard parts" such as buttons, zippers, embellishments, etc. This separation process is mechanical.

Types of recycling

There are three main types of recycling that can "transform textiles into new fibers": mechanical, chemical, or thermal. The different recycling types depend on input, i.e., quality, while others depend on colors. For this reason, we specialize in detailed sorting in material, color, and structure.

Our goal is to keep as significant quantities as possible within the same loop, ensuring that clothing becomes clothing again. However, some quantities are 'downcycled' and enter new product categories such as paper, insulation, panels, etc., while others are incinerated if the material composition cannot be recycled or if textiles are wet or soiled.

Finished products ready for shipping

We work with a Danish and European setup for further recycling processes, where the shredded textiles end up as new yarn and fabric.

Recycling process

The actual recycling is performed by other companies than NewRetex. Here, we operate within a Danish/European setup to ensure knowledge and development in nearby markets.

Traditional textile process

Now begins the traditional manufacturing process where yarn, fabrics, etc., transform into a finished product, such as a T-shirt.

Take back system

We offer a Take Back system for companies that want to submit textile waste, discarded textiles, claims, cutoffs, and remnants for recycling. We provide tailored solutions and also offer complete loops where the same company submits and receives textiles.


Should we take care of your textile waste?
- get hold of Betina and hear about your options
Betina Theilgaard Lauridsen
Circular Product Developer

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