Polyester production is not eco-friendly: but there is a solution 

Karen Pham

Karen Pham


Feeling guilty about the eco-impact of wearing polyester? Syre, a Swedish textile impact company, has launched a circular system to transform polyester waste into textile-to-textile circular polyester.

The company claims the process helps to reduce CO2-equivalent emissions during polyester manufacturing by about 85 per cent.

The solution must be viable because early investors include Swedish fast-fashion house H&M, the company’s largest foundation customer.

Syre aims to operate its first “blueprint” production this year and have 12 giga-scale facilities operating at full capacity worldwide within 10 years. This will allow them to produce 3 million metric tons of circular polyester.

Emma Stjernlöf, chief communications and people officer of Syre, said the manufacturing process will be rapidly scaled for global expansion, starting with Asia (Vietnam) and Europe (Iberia).

With funding from Vargas Holdings and H&M, Syre will oversee a sizable portion of H&M’s polyester production, assisting the company in becoming more sustainable.

Karen Pham

Karen Pham

Karen Pham is a marketing and branding enthusiast with a major in legal English. Based in Ho Chi Minh City, she is a contributor to Viable.Earth.


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