Clean Recycling Initiative
Three Technology Categories
Level 1: Household Waste
Level 2: Factory Waste
Level 3: Manufacturing-Process-Specific Waste
Truly sustainable technologies provided by Clean Recycling Initiative™.
Unlike many people’s beliefs, the current ways of recycling in the global textile industry create so many environmental issues. For example, a large portion of packaging materials is produced in Asia and shipped all over the globe (e.g. North America, Europe etc.), then it gets shipped back to Asia for recycling. This process creates high carbon footprints as a result of the collecting, transporting (trucking, ocean shipment etc.). Another example is that conventional recycling processes involve the use of enormous amounts of chemicals for cleaning the dirt contained in plastic waste. In addition, most of the current recycling is done through heavy mechanical crushing of plastics which in turn creates a large quantity of micro-plastic contaminations in our water systems. Furthermore, there are many other implications of recycling such as decreased strength of fibres, additional processes that are highly harmful for the environment such as dyeing. These processes are used in most of the recycling processes currently practiced in the industry. Refer to the graphic on the left for more details.
— What We Propose —
In recognition of the issues described above, a new methods are needed to reclaim textile and plastic waste in ways that are truly beneficial for the environment. One such method is the technology platform developed by HEAT-MX. The Clean Recycling Initiative™ was created based on the proposal from HEAT-MX as the founding platform and is the industry’s first open source program for everyone, not only in the textile and plastic industries but also for all consumers across the globe who wish to enhance the way they recycle. Currently, HEAT-MX’s two proprietary technology platforms are offered as an important part of the Clean Recycling Initiative™ and they are the In-Line Method and the Post-Consumption Method. Although Clean Recycling Initiative™ is based on proprietary technology platforms, HEAT-MX is sharing it as an open-source program and will work with companies, that is, brands, factories, distributors etc. all over the world in the industry to implement truly sustainable recycling.
With the above, whether you are a person in the textiles / plastic industry or a consumer, you can all help the truly sustainable program grow by participating in the Clean Recycling Initiative™. To participate, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.