Textile waste is an enormous downside across the globe. In France, it’s estimated to be around 4 million tons, and that’s only a fraction of what will get tossed globally; it was 17 million tons in the US three years in the past. Little or no of that discarded clothes is collected for reuse or recycling, lower than a 3rd in France, and half of that (15%) within the U.S.
Clarisse Merlet, a French structure, got here up with the thought for FabBRICK, her award-winning firm that makes ornamental and insulative bricks out of previous garments. The fundamental element of the bricks is shredded clothes, which Merlet purchases pre-ground from a provider in Normandy. Every brick makes use of the equal of two to 3 T-shirts’ value of fabric and, any type can be utilized, together with cotton, polyester, elastane, PVC, and so forth. The scraps are blended with an ecological glue that Merlet developed herself, then pressed right into a brick mould. This mould makes use of mechanical compression to kind the bricks, so it requires no vitality past what a human employee must press it down. The moist bricks are faraway from the mould and got down to dry for 2 weeks earlier than utilizing.
At FabBRICK all creations are thought out and handcrafted in workshop within the coronary heart of Paris. Because the creation on the finish of 2018, the corporate had already designed greater than 40,000 bricks which signify 12 tons of recycled textiles. Three machines have been developed to make the challenge larger. The most recent model has been duplicated 5 instances, to have the ability to improve the manufacturing capability. The following step is to industrialize the manufacturing course of in order that we can recycle much more textile waste.