After years of research and experimentation, we have created a recycling system that transforms textile waste into energy.
Beginning with manufacturers in New York City's Garment District, Threadcycle collect textile scraps left over from production for recycling. Our focus is on cutting room floor waste- pieces of fabric that are too small or oddly shaped to be used to create future garments, generally pieces that are less than 1/2 yard square. We do not process fabric yardage that is still usable for making products in order to utilize the large amounts of energy and raw materials put into making the fabric originally.
We work with manufacturers to sort, collect, and transport to our processing machinery.
Textiles scraps are processed through pyrolysis to create three major by-products; bio-char, bio oil, and syngas. No harmful chemicals or fumes are released in the recycling process. By-products are collected for use and sale.
Bio-char is the main ingredient in charcoal, but can also be used as a fertilizer and further refined into active carbon black.
Bio oil is used to power small machinery such as hot plates and vehicles.
Syngas is used as a replacement for natural gas in heating and power systems.