Building off our recent report, our current pilot aims to prove the business case for mechanical textile recycling of polyester in Canada. Part of the pilot involved us creating a recycling supply chain with key partners, as well as a national stakeholder learning group that includes apparel brands and retailers, charities and collectors, policy makers and municipalities etc.
In November, Sport Chek customers donated unwanted athletic clothing at participating locations. From there, Goodwill Industries Ontario Great Lakes collected the material, sorted out any items that were not 100% polyester, removed zippers, buttons etc, and delivered the material to our industrial shredder partner in Montreal.. The shredded material was then sent to our mill partner for testing and to be needlepunched into a felt. We will soon host a workshop with the product development team at Sport Chek to determine what end product can be made from the felt. Our goal is to have this product on shelves by fall/winter 2022.