Girbau and Elisava students create a new material from textile waste


Students of Advanced Materials of the Degree in Engineering of Industrial Design and of the Programme of Simultaneous Studies of Elisava have worked with the company Girbau to create 'Clint', a new versatile and recyclable material manufactured from the textile waste that remain in the filters of dryers. 'Clint' is a further step towards a new model of circular economy in industrial laundry that transforms waste into new material and moves towards zero waste.

The students have worked together with professionals from Girbau Lab, Girbau’s open innovation platform -one of the leading groups in the manufacture of industrial laundry solutions in the world-.

The innovation of the proposal lies in the origin of the raw material (laundry residue) and its possible applications, which Elisava and Girbau are already studying and which can be numerous. Among other options, Clint could replace the use of plastic materials to make pen cases or be used for stationery or packaging. The reuse of this waste will minimize its environmental impact and promote a sustainable washing process.

Girbau Elisava economia circular
Girbau Elisava economia circular
Girbau Elisava economia circular

Towards a circular economy in industrial laundry

'Clint' goes beyond being a new material, it is a part of the circularity model that represents an advance in the laundry activity, as it reduces and revalues textile waste and gives it new applications. It also strengthens circularity models that reduce the environmental impact of industrial activities.

In this sense, it must be borne in mind that Girbau’s machines wash around 25,000 tonnes of clothes every day around the world and, in the specific case of Catalonia, it is estimated that industrial laundries generate 1,500 kg. of residue per week.

Commitment to innovation and sustainability

The project is another reflection of Elisava i Girbau’s commitment to innovation, sustainability and circularity. However, it is part of Elisava’s policy to promote agreements with the business and institutional environment to provide added value through innovation and research projects developed by students.

With these agreements, students, always tutored by professionals in the sector and by teachers of the School, have the opportunity to work in real business environments, beyond the training they receive. On the other hand, the School has Elisava Circular, a commission that aims to reduce the ecological footprint of the School and promote good habits and practices linked to the circular economy.