Telaketju

The objective of the Telaketju is to develop a comprehensive collecting, sorting and refining system for end-of-life textiles in Finland. 

The objective is that with the solutions being developed, Finland will gain following export products: the overall concept of recycling, Finnish technology and robotics, as well as new end products and textile raw materials.The business opportunities being pursued are mainly based on the various stages of textile material recycling and the service business concepts of circular economy.

Telaketju is currently structured on two broad lines. Lounais-Suomen Jätehuolto coordinates the part of the project that focuses especially on collecting and sorting. For this, we have received funding from the Ministry of the Environment, for instance. The entity that is in charge of the needs of textile-utilizing businesses from the perspective of processes, business operations and product development is coordinated by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. For this Project , we have received funding from Tekes. We are making efforts to link other new and on-going projects, which promote textile recycling, under the Telaketju umbrella at least on the level of information exchange, but preferably also in the form of tangible cooperation.

The objective of the collecting and sorting trial project is to develop a comprehensive collecting and sorting system for end-of-life textiles in Finland and raise the level of mixed waste recycling by boosting end-of-life textile processing for recycling and reuse. Through regional trials, we are making an effort to find the best solutions for the various stages of Telaketju by focusing on collecting, sorting and processing textile waste. The trial project responds to the fundamental challenges related to end-of-life textile collecting and sorting, and it supports the introduction and dissemination of good practices nationally. The objective is that with the solutions being developed, Finland will gain the following export products: the overall concept of recycling, Finnish technology and robotics, as well as new end products and textile raw materials.

The priorities of Telaketju’s R&D project, which is applying for Tekes funding, include developing the various stage processes of the value chain as well as finding users and ways of utilization for the different textile fractions. The common objective of the participating businesses is to contribute to the textile loop, and at the same time, to bring added value to their own operations or create entirely new business operations.

The business opportunities being pursued are mainly based on the various stages of textile material recycling and the service business concepts of circular economy. Telaketju’s Tekes project comprises research and development projects of businesses and a public project planned to support these. This public project involves VTT, Turku University of Applied Sciences and Lahti University of Applied Sciences as research partners.

If you would like to join in building Telaketju, please contact us:

Collecting and sorting trial project: Sini Ilmonen, sini.ilmonen@lsjh.fi, +358 40 867 0139
Tekes project: Pirjo Heikkilä, pirjo.heikkila@vtt.fi, +358 40 689 1443

Order end-of-life textiles here: End-of-life textile orders.