“Lounais-Suomen Jätehuolto Oy (LSJH) and Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) co-ordinate Telaketju, a group of projects and network aiming to build an unforeseen recycling ecosystem for the collection, sorting and further processing of textiles in Finland. This network is made up of projects implemented by a wide range of Finnish companies, research organizations, municipal waste management companies, and textile sorters and processors.
The main goal of Telaketju is to promote the circular economy of textiles and better and more functional utilization of textile waste in Finland. In order to achieve this goal, efforts are needed for collection, sorting and further processing as well as product development. Within this framework LSJH is developing a hand-held textile scanner based on NIR-spectroscopy using technology, cloud services and machine learning expertise provided by Spectral Engines. Spectral Engines’ main role in the Telaketju projects is to support quality sorting and verifying fibers.”