A second life for natural fibres

Derotex gives scrapped jute sacks a second life. It processes sacks to create fibres that are then used in car manufacture, as geotextiles in horticulture, or as biodegradable mats to keep weeds at bay on grass verges.

Derotex collects the jute sacks from all large ports, coffee roasters and chocolate manufacturers from across Western Europe. In 2016, the company processed jute equivalent to 12 billion cups of coffee.

The company also works on other end-of-life products that can be recycled into valuable fibres. They process, for example, flax residues to create pure fibres that are used as a raw material to make 1 dollar bills. The fibres ensure that the bills will remain in circulation an average of four months longer.

Source: De Tijd.