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TERRESA

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  • Waste solutions and circular economy
Developing textile recycling solutions for South Australia.

Why TERRESA is supporting Carbon Neutral Adelaide

TERRESA (standing for TExtile Recycling and Recovering Enterprise of South Australia) is a start-up company developing solutions for textile recycling, that has completed the Circular Impact Accelerator program organised by Collab4Good and supported by Green Industries SA.

Half a million tonnes of textiles end up in landfill each year, representing 6,000kg every 10 minutes, in Australia alone. In 20 years, the number of new garments made has doubled from 50 billion in 2000 to nearly 100 billion in 2019, turning clothes into disposal items and creating serious environmental damages. The United Nations named the fashion industry as the second most polluting of all industry with 8% of global carbon emissions and 20% of all global wastewater, with an anticipated 50% increase in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

Even though almost 100% are recyclable, textiles are still part of the 'non-recyclable items' described as having 'no further value' for the economy. The company claims that with 30kg of CO2 emissions abated per kilo recycled, South Australia could offset up to 600,000 tonnes of carbon emissions each year if it diverted more textile waste from landfill.

What TERRESA is doing to reduce carbon emissions

If current recycling processes have proven efficiency on single fibre garments, 75% of the world’s clothing is actually made of fibre blends causing real challenges in terms of recyclability. By developing a technology separating synthetic and cotton fibres, that can then be reused to create new garments, TERRESA seeks to offer large scale solutions for textile waste management and a step further towards South Australia’s circular economy and sustainable development goals.

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