The majority of the mixed blended textile waste is called the "everything else" pile during the sorting stage. This ensures the sorting and dismantling process is fast as these fibre types not only do not require separation, but the synthetics act as the glue for these non-woven products.
This is the safest method to lock in synthetic microfibres to ensure they do not end up being recycled back into yarn and garments that will continue to shed plastic both during production and in domestic washing machines for 200-1000 years.
This hi-speed efficient process has a capacity of up to 12 ton per day, and 40,000 pa. It produces a vertical layered high strength bonded fibrous pad of various densities between 60gsm to 2500gsm and thickness between 3mm to 100mm.
SAFE END PRODUCTS INCLUDE:
Assembled Threads purchased a quantity of re-usable hi-vis jackets and vests. They first cut out the Virgin Airlines logos which are returned to the Circular Textile Waste Service to ensure zero waste.
Second step is to reuse and redesign using the textiles, long zippers and hi-vis strips creating "new" workwear items.
Assembled Threads are based in Melbourne and create partnerships with local councils to create employment based sewing hubs, directly engaging with those marginalised in the community.
Their hubs are supported by Holmesglen TAFE with bespoke commercial sewing skills training. They prioritise locally manufactured or climate positive fabrics and apparel components in the products they create.
Assembled Threads focus on simple PPE uniform solutions for government, industry and institutions supported by their established social procurement frameworks. https://www.assembledthreads.com/
Virgin Airlines pilots and inflight crews were issued high quality merino wool cardings, jumpers and vests. The buttons and polyester garment tags are removed. We will keep these in storage until we are able to pass on to Planet Protector Packaging to will repurpose it using felt-like machinery.
Planet Protector Packaging. manufacture commercially viable, sustainable cold chain packaging.
Planet Protector Packaging deliver high performing, versatile thermal packaging solutions, guaranteed to move your products from A to B in perfect condition.
It is essential to remove all items showing they are from Virgin Airlines to maintain strict security and IP. After the buttons and stripes are removed the high quality Virgin Airlines re-usable jackets are diverted to fashion designers.
We look forward to seeing a new range of fashion garments made from these jackets.
The disability teams have been trained to remove items and disassemble according to our Policy and Procedure Manuel. They take care to maintain the integrity of as many trims as possible. These are then repackaged and sent to Worne.
Worne is a Melbourne start-up that promotes designers to "Re-think their resources. They are a supplier of fashion hardware with history. Creating worth for wear.
Original bags used are large plastic striped bags with zippers that break very easily and are too heavy and cumbersome for one person.
The zippers removed from the Virgin Airline carry-on luggage are removed and then sewn onto large bags that we made using high quality furniture fabrics donated by Stylecraft.
The Circular Centre have had two volunteers Deborah and Elan who have been coming with their sewing machines to the showroom twice a week for months to sew the new bags.
All plastic from wrapped pallets and bags are repurposed by Valera Recycling and this is directly turned into a resin to be sold in Australia.
A trip to Valera is included in the re-distribution system carried out by Achieve Australia who do a number of round trips to ensure we minimise our transport and carbon emissions.
CIRCULAR CENTRE PTY LTD
The Circular Centre is situation on Gadigal people's land in Eora Country, Sydney Australia. We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land, culture and community. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging. It always was and always will be Aboriginal land.