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Uster Technologies guides textile industry in embracing recycled materials


In its inaugural Sustainability Bulletin, Uster Technologies, a leading quality control systems provider, delves into the complexities of incorporating recycled materials into the textile value chain. The publication is a testament to Uster's commitment to advancing sustainability across the industry.

As consumer demand for eco-friendly textiles rises, Uster's report addresses the uncertainties faced by yarn producers, offering insights into economic and technical challenges. Gabriela Peters, Head of Product Management Laboratory Systems at Uster, highlights the specific quality considerations involved in using mechanically recycled fibers in spinning, emphasizing the higher short-fiber and nep content, along with potential color issues.

The bulletin focuses on resolving challenges associated with mechanically recycled raw materials, offering clarity on processing steps and ideas for overcoming obstacles. Studies cited in the report suggest that recycled fibers are well-suited for applications where strength is less critical, making them ideal for casual wear like T-shirts and denim jeans trousers.

Uster Technologies positions itself as a knowledge provider, setting industry standards and definitions to facilitate the ongoing transformation. The Uster Statistics 2023 edition, launched at ITMA 2023, introduces a section on recycled yarn, providing benchmarks to measure, control, and improve quality. Uster acts as a neutral arbiter, guiding spinners on processing various recycled materials while emphasizing the need for collaboration across the textile chain for a sustainable future.

In conclusion, Uster Technologies sees the effective use of recycled materials as pivotal for the industry's success, urging collaboration and knowledge-sharing to navigate the transformative landscape toward a sustainable future.



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