AI Tech Textile Sorting

New Retex® x Superstainable®

Our collaboration with the danish yarn spinner making new garments of old danish & scandinavian consumer used textiles was launched on ISPO® 2023 and was nominated in the Scandinavian Outdoor Award in the Sustainability Category.

New Retex® x Superstainable®

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How it is made


The AI circularity movement

1. Submission of waste

We work with various suppliers of waste textiles. We have divided the suppliers into four general groups, which are symbolized by the four trucks:

1. Recycling stations/municipalities
2. The textile industry
3. Laundries
4. Thrift stores


Textiles must not be left for a long time, as they risk developing an odor, just as moisture can cause the textiles to rot. It is therefore important that the textiles are processed quickly. We start with a distribution so that the textiles do not lie on top of each other, just as an overview of the quantity on the conveyor belt can be quickly formed. Tracking/batch is being worked on, so that it is possible to follow the quantities.

Pre Sorting

After the distribution, a pre-sorting is carried out, where all items that are not textiles will be sorted out. For this purpose, the latest sorting technologies are used. In addition, wet and smelly textiles will be sorted out.


This is the heart of NewRetex's sorting process. Here, textiles are sorted into qualities and colours. Again, we use a known technology that has been further developed so that it is possible to work with more correct data. After the data has been registered, robotic technology is used to remove the various qualities from the conveyor belt.


Depending on which process the qualities must subsequently go through, they are broken down into different sizes.


In order to go through the recycling process, regardless of whether this process is chemical, mechanical or thermal, it is important that the "hard parts" are sorted out. This applies, among other things, to buttons, zippers, decorations, etc.). This happens mechanically.

Types of recycling

There are three general types of recycling that can "transform textiles into new fibres". It can either take place mechanically, chemically or thermally. The different types of recycling are dependent on input, i.e. quality, while others are dependent on colors. For this reason, the textiles are sorted by quality and colour.

Finished goods ready for shipment

We work with a Danish or European setup in relation to the further recycling processes, where the broken down textiles end up in new yarn and fabric.

The recycling process

The recycling itself is carried out by companies other than NewRetex. Here we work on a Danish/European setup to ensure knowledge and development in local markets. In addition, CO2 is saved, and with the waste we generate, we also have to deal with the principle ourselves.

Traditional textile process

Now the traditional manufacturing process starts, where yarn, meter goods etc., become a finished product. It could, for example, be a t-shirt.


A Take Back system is being worked on, which should work in collaboration with other companies that want to buy textiles. It could either be for direct recycling (first priority) or alternatively by sending the remainder for recycling.