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New materials from the Trash-2-Cash project to be shown for the first time at Dutch Design Week 2018

Trash-2-Cash is a consortium of designers, scientists and industry partners who have been working together to make new high-end materials from waste textiles.

20 October 2018 - 28 October 2018


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The resulting material prototypes developed during the project and the 6 Master Case ‘stories’ these new materials have been specifically developed for will be exhibited for the very first time during Dutch Design Week 2018, a key date in the design industry calendar.


As we all know, one resource that’s becoming more abundant is waste. The idea of recycling textile waste has been popular for decades, but current mechanical methods give poor-quality fabrics suitable only for industrial applications, like insulation, and the upcycling of pre-consumer textile waste into products is impossible to scale.

Trash-2-Cash (T2C) proposes a new model where textile waste is regenerated chemically - resulting in new plastics and textiles that are the same quality as new materials, to make products that are industrially replicable and infinitely recyclable.

Come to our showcase at Klokgebouw during Dutch Design Week 2018 and decide for yourselves whether we have been able to make trash in to cash!

The consortium:

Academic and industry designers have been collaborating with scientists and engineers over the last three years to produce these new materials from textile waste. It’s a project that is as much about the way in which these people collaborate as what they have produced together.

The 18 partners from 10 countries are showing six brand new material prototypes comprised of new, recycled and recyclable apparel and automotive materials and concepts. We are also sharing a new way of working – Design-Driven Material Innovation (DDMI) – outlining how science, design and industry can input into the process from beginning to end.

About Dutch Design Week:

In October of each year, Dutch Design Week (DDW) takes place in Eindhoven. The biggest design event in northern Europe presents the work and ideas of more than 2,600 designers to more than 335,000 visitors from home and abroad. In more than a hundred locations across the city, DDW organises and facilitates exhibitions, lectures, prize ceremonies, networking events, debates and festivities.

Exhibition details:
Saturday 20th October – Sunday 28th October 2018
Opening hours: 11:00 – 18:00

Klokgebouw Cultuurhallen
Klokgebouw 50,
5617 AB Eindhoven,
The Netherlands


design, design-driven technology, textile waste, paper fiber waste, cotton, polyester, cellulose, cellulose fibers, textile fibres, dissolution, regeneration, recycling, fashion, LCA, sorting technology, materials engineering, sustainability, circular economy, innovative material solution, creative industry, consumer, environmental impact, commercial potential, manufacturers, scientists, end users, designers


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University of the Arts London

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