- • environmental impacts,
- • network actors,
- • recycling efficiency,
- • industrial plant,
- • new raw materials.
All industrial manufacturing processes require raw materials, it is this initial extraction that is responsible for most of the environmental impact (80%), therefore recycling is the only truly effective solution to curtailing our impact and reducing waste production.
When the Serge Ferrari ® Group became aware of the necessity for recycling technology, no industrial large scale process was available. It is necessary to invent the technology to enable this to happen. Therefore Serge Ferrari® Group created an operational industrial unit as well as a collection network. The objective is to produce new raw materials which will then be reused in many manufacturing processes. This challenge has been taken up and the loop is working.
The recycling of our products and the creation of new raw materials considerably reduce our environmental impacts. Indeed, Life Cycle Analyses show that most impacts appear before the transformation processing : they are related to raw material extraction and production.
Life Cycle Analysis is a standardised method (ISO 14040-44) of measuring global environmental impacts of a product or service. Thanks to several indicators (water and energy consumptions, natural resources depletion, human toxicity, common and hazardous wastes), the product’s potential impacts are measured during its whole life cycle (manufacturing, use and end-of-life).
Serge Ferrari® Group Life Cycle Analyses are conducted by the independent consultant EVEA, expert in the evaluation and the support of environmental management. Their results are then checked by another consultant CIRAIG, also independent of the Serge Ferrari® Group. So the standardised method (ISO 14040-44) is double checked and guaranteed.
Open-air dumping and burning of end-of-life fabrics have harmful consequences on the surrounding environment. The LCA demonstrates that recycling is more efficient than incineration and dumping.
LCA is the only way to answer this question.
The end-of-life fabrics are sorted and shredded. They are forwarded to the plant in Italy, in 70 cubic meters containers (maximum weight authorized by the haulage : the shipment is thus optimized). Then they pass from the reception box to the feed hopper, the entry point of the recycling system. They are introduced in the selective dissolution reactor : the fibers are dissolved, filtred and extracted. The solution is going to be then precipitated, what will allow to separate the PVC from the solvent. The solvent is going to be regenerated and reinjected in the recycling process.
The new generation of raw materials is used to manufacture:
- extruded rods for bolt ropes
- waterproof membranes
- tubes, car bumpers, soles…
- non-woven membranes for insulation, filling, strengthening, filters…
- fabrics for clothes and furnishing etc.
Every ton of new raw material produced by the Texyloop® recycling represents non-renewable resources and energy not extracted from the earth.
The Texyloop® plant's recycling capacity is 4 million sqm / year.
Since 2004, over 6,5 million sqm have been collected.
Texyloop is the recycling unit dedicated to the technical textile industry: manufacturers tent, awning, covers and digital printers.