ReCyCol: Reversible dyeing technologies for a sustainable textile industry
Research Project , 2015

Objective and Goal: The aim of the project is to define the current state of the art of the dyeing (and de-dyeing) industry both in Sweden and internationally, at the research and industrial level, to set the ground for the development of new sustainable dyeing-processes designed to favor textile recycling. In stage 1, we will also initiate a dialog between members of the whole textile chain, from manufacturers to end-users and recycling organization as well as administrative authorities in order to define together the key aspects of the successful continuation in stage 2.Result and Expected Effects: A representative evaluation of the complexity of recycling dyed products will be delivered during stage 1 together with a comprehensive report on the status of the dyeing and de-dyeing technologies. Key challenges will be defined with the consortium and, taking into account potential needs identified in other projects such as Mistra Future Fashion, related chemical and technological solutions will be proposed. These will result in work packages for the detailed research application to stage 2. In parallel a draft of an agreement for the management of IP rights will be prepared. Approach and Implementation: A project kick-off will be organized in January 2015, to refine the challenges and establish a detailed project plan. Identified relevant partners such as end-users will be recruited to strengthen the consortium. In parallel, M. V. Walter and R. Bordes will visit the industrial partners to identify supplementary assets and write a report on current status of the textile dyeing industry in Sweden and internationally. In June 2015 a second workshop will gather all partners including the new members to prepare the application to stage 2.


Romain Bordes (contact)

Researcher at Chalmers, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Applied Chemistry, Applied Surface Chemistry



Kinna, Sweden

Envirostripp Chemicals

Kungsbacka, Sweden

FOV Fabrics

Borås, Sweden

SP Sveriges Tekniska Forskningsinstitut AB

Borås, Sweden


Stockholm, Sweden

University of Borås

Borås, Sweden



Project ID: 2014-04245
Funding Chalmers participation during 2014–2015

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