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Turning waste textiles into new products in Hull

New factory will house a complete, state-of-the-art recycling and remanufacturing process for waste textiles, from clothing to accessories and home furnishings.

15th September 2023

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Hull, United Kingdom

Clothing/​Footwear, Sustainable

Yorkshire waste management firm MYGroup is building a sustainable textiles factory at its Hull site with a £500,000 investment that will create up to 30 jobs. The new factory will see waste textiles remanufactured end-to-end into new products in a UK-first that MYGroup says will put Hull on the map as an innovation centre for textiles recycling, leading the charge in reducing the environmental impact of and promoting circularity in the fashion industry.

The local community in Hull stands to benefit from the factory's opening, with the creation of up to 30 new jobs, contributing to the economic growth of the city region and bringing new skills to the area.

The two-storey,1300 square metre factory space, being constructed within a derelict former laboratory and offices within MYGroup’s Morley Street recycling campus in Hull, will house a complete, state-of-the-art recycling and remanufacturing process for waste textiles, from clothing to accessories and home furnishings.

Textiles will enter a sorting and grading room before being processed through a commercial-grade cleaning cycle and a deconstruction process to remove hardware, such as zippers and buttons, and separate multi-materials. Once cleaned and broken down to bare constituent materials, the textiles will be transformed into new garments, accessories and other products by MYGroup’s dedicated ReFactory team, working in a state-of-the-art pattern-cutting and design studio, as well as an industrial-grade machine production floor.

MYGroup will employ a multi-disciplinary team at the new factory, from designers, pattern cutters and sewing machinists, to sales and administrative support staff.

By adopting an end-to-end recycling and remanufacturing process, the factory aims to divert a substantial portion of textile waste from landfill and incineration. The circular approach will ensure that discarded textiles find new life, reducing the demand for virgin resources and mitigating the environmental impact of textile production.

Sustainability will be built into the very fabric of the building, with MYGroup’s own MYboard, a material similar in consistency to plywood, produced entirely from plastic the company recycles at its Hull facility. MYboard will be used for interior walls, together with other environmentally conscious design elements, such as sensor-lighting in high-traffic areas and water-saving toilets.

MYGroup also recently purchased industrial sewing machines and other specialist equipment from a ceased clothing manufacturer, further ensuring sustainability and circularity in the approach to the factory launch. The first phase of the factory will be complete this Autumn, including the sewing floor, pattern-cutting studio and storage. Further phases will add the sorting, grading and washing spaces, as well as offices and a training centre. A further £400,000 investment is planned for the factory, which is set to be fully operational by the spring of 2024.

Katie Robinson, Textiles Manager, MYGroup, said: “The landscape of the fashion and textiles industry is changing. No longer can the linear model of ‘take, make and dispose’ continue. Legislation to enforce a more circular approach is fast approaching and we are seeing more and more of the largest brands in the industry engaging with us on recycling their waste textiles.”

Steve Carrie, Director, MYGroup, added: “We are proud to launch this pioneering venture that showcases the company and the city of Hull's commitment to sustainability and innovation. We’re ahead of the curve and building a factory of the future – our end-to-end recycling process combined with remanufacturing capabilities will revolutionise the way our industry thinks about textiles waste.”

Established for over 30 years, MYGroup is trusted by some of the largest brands and organisations in the UK to process over 800,000 tons of waste a year, fully in-house and through transparent procedures across four state-of-the-art facilities in Yorkshire.

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