A multidisciplinary Cornell University design and research team has created Fiberizer, a fabric-shredding machine that takes old garments and transforms them into a fibrous mass, which can be used to create new textiles or products.
Fiberizer v.2, the product’s official name, was developed from the original proof-of-concept project Fiberizer v.1, which was funded by a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency and Cornell University's Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future.
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The average American goes through roughly 70 pounds of clothing each year, creating approximately 21 billion pounds of clothing sent to landfills – five percent of all landfill waste, according to the Council for Textile Recycling.
A multidisciplinary Cornell design and research team, assembled to tackle the environmental problem of post-consumer textile waste, has developed a unique fabric-shredding machine in hopes of a zero-waste solution for the textile industry.