The patented spinning nozzle technology developed by Richmond, Virginia-based Verdex Technologies can take recycled PET carpet and bottles and convert them into a wide range of nonwoven products.Verdex Technologies developed the innovative recycling tech as part of a joint effort with Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE). It allows the nonwovens industry and associated businesses to play a role in helping to solve the continual-growing problem of ocean plastic and landfilling carpet.
Presently, most of the carpets that are sent to landfills each year remains as waste. Only about 10% are reused or recycled. The technology, which is capable of spinning recycling cleaned PET carpet containing calcium carbonate and polypropylene components, transforms PCC material directly into nano/microfibers. Those fibers are blended with larger fibers to form products for apparel, filtration, and acoustic dampin.
The company’s patented recycling technology uses a simple and safe process when spinning nanofibers. It uses no solvents and instead relies on only low pressure air. Due to this fact, it gives nonwoven manufacturers the ability to offer an array of functional enhancements to their products that contain nanofibers.
Presently, at its new facility in Atlanta, Georgia, Verdex is working on scaling its core nanofiber technology to a 1-meter commercial line. Verdex is also developing relationships with companies, industries and markets it believes can benefit from its innovative recycling tech.