Multi-Lab and Design for Recycling: at Centrocot we also study multidiscilinary connections to give new answers to today’s challenges

Technology and Controls

The new Multi-Lab laboratory opened by Centrocot in the Multifunctional Center of Mapensa Fiere in Busto Arsizio allows to study different forms of textile and non textile recycling. At the same time, Design for Recycling provides a methodology to design products and by-products that are more easily recyclable.
The union of the two disciplines allows to provide companies in the textile-clothing sector (and not only) with new strategic tools for the maximization of treated materials.

When dealing with the theme of textile recycling, the main question that needs to be answered is: what is the best use of what is today thought of as “textile waste”?

One of the challenges that today’s production world has to face is the maximization of the use of materials; if we observe the evolution of the global context, we realize how much the theme of the recycling of production “waste” is increasingly a strategic issue.

In reality, the challenge is not new; there are many examples, best practices and specific indications.

Eco-Design specifically addresses this issue with a branch called Design for Recycling, synthesized as DfR, which provides designers with a methodology and several guidelines to rethink both the product and the process.
The Design for Recycling addresses both the recyclability of the product at the end of its life and of production waste, trying to avoid waste of material: the focus is on materials, the goal is to maintain their maximum potential.
Often talking about recycling is like playing a game of chess: if on the one hand the possibilities and processes may seem similar, in reality each material has its own peculiarities and may respond differently from the others. You have to be able to play the game on the field.
When you face a new request it is not easy to assume all the consequent aspects and it is necessary to be able to test the processes and measure, compare and evaluate the performances.

The Multi-Lab has just this objective, wants to be an important tool for the study of new solutions for the treatment of materials.
It includes different paths of treatment and is set up with a view to working as a network, also with the intention of being able to investigate different applications in view of extrasectoral: it is possible to perform a series of intermediate processing stages, ranging from traditional textiles to plastic and that can lead to clothing, technical textiles, construction, furniture and various industrial uses.

To give an example, thanks to Multi-Lab we can answer the question: if I take a “finished garment” at the end of its life, is it better to recycle it as a traditional textile, as a plastic material for additive manufacturing, or as an insulating material?

Several experiments are underway, both company contract activities and activities in co-funded projects such as C-TEX Circular Textiles and REACT Recycling Acrylic Textile waste.
Design for Recycling is also addressed in Centrocot’s training proposal, to which you can refer for more information.

Given the recent opening and in order to encourage an applicative vision in the field, Centrocot also organizes demonstration sessions of the different possibilities.

For more information or to participate in a demonstration session:
– Paolo Ghezzo – Multisector Research and Innovation
– Donatella Macchia – Multisector Research and Innovation
For training activities:
– Paola Tambani – Training Area Manager