Trash-2-Cash

Designed high-value products from zero-value waste textiles and fibres via design driven technologies

Creating high-end textiles from zero-value pre consumer waste sources via ground breaking innovations. Trash-2-Cash will turn textile and paper fibres into new materials for luxury products through an international collaboration of design, strategy and technology research.

Let’s start with the ‘why?’

Growing problems with paper fibre waste from the paper industry and textile fibre waste, originating from continuously increasing textile consumption, will be challenged through design-driven innovation.

Who is part of this challenge?

Designers, design researchers, scientists, raw-material suppliers and end-product manufacturers from across Europe make up this cross-disciplinary and cross-sectorial consortium. 18 partners, from 10 countries, are working together to address the challenge of design for recycling using existing waste streams.

How will the research happen?

Designers will lead this regeneration of waste initiative, defining the material properties and collaborating with material scientists to evaluate newly developed eco-efficient cotton fibre regeneration processes and polyester recycling techniques.

Novel materials will be constructed - starting at the molecular level - in order to generate new textile fibres and other products that will be compatible with the environment for a sustainable future.

The future exploitation will be developed through a two-sided exchange between designers and end-product manufacturers, taking into account consumer-related product needs. Prototypes will be produced in a realistic test production environment.

What results are we aiming for?

Trash-2-Cash aims to provide creative companies with new material solutions by giving a second life to zero-value waste and turning it into high-value materials that can be used in fashion, interiors, automotive and other luxury products. 

Europe's creative industry will be strengthened through Trash-2-Cash leading the worldwide quest for the design for recycled materials area. The project aims to support better waste utilisation, improve material efficiency, contribute to reduction of landfill area needs and decrease energy consumption in the textile manufacturing and design sector.