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STOCKHOLM – H&M company, Monki, has announced the launch of new recycling technology – dubbed the ‘Green Machine’ – which it claims will enable it to become the first brand to fully recycle polyester-cotton textile blends on a large scale. The work is part of a collaboration with non-profit H&M Foundation and the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textile and Apparel (HKRITA).

The technology uses a hydrothermal process to separate cotton and polyester blends from each another in a closed cycle. This entails the use of heat, water and less than five per cent biodegradable chemicals to recycle clothing, claims the Swedish business.

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