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SYDNEY – An Australian tech business which uses a chemical separation process to recover cotton and polyester from used clothing has told Apparel Insider it will launch its first commercial facility at the end of this year. BlockTexx will use as feedstock some of the three million tonnes of textile waste currently sent to landfill in Australia each year, recovering the building blocks for polyester and cotton for use in  range of industries. The business is also utilising blockchain technology to validate and track the materials it produces, in theory meaning an everyday plastic item could be traced back to its origins as a long-sleeve t-shirt.

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