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Smart Stitch

A dissolvable thread that makes repairing and recycling a breeze.

Awarded: €150,000 Year: 2018 Company: Resortecs

Zippers and buttons make garment recycling complicated as the removal of such details calls for manual assistance, making the process both costly and time consuming. Smart Stich solves this problem by supplying a thread that simply dissolves at a high temperature. This innovation works double wonders – it makes both repairing and recycling a breeze. And when used for regular seams, the whole piece of clothing can easily be disassembled so that the fabric can be used over and over in new ways, cutting the need to produce fabric from scratch. Stitch by stitch, this innovation brings new life to fashion.

“The Global Change Award’s recognition of our potential breakthrough for recycling materials gives us wings to accelerate its development!  Not only are we grateful for the grant that will support the development of the stitching prototype and the upcycling model, but we are also very eager to collaborate with the Global Change Award’s partners during the innovation accelerator program. Being part of the Global Change Award community is a major opportunity to expand our network globally and get maximum impact,” says Cédric Vanhoeck.

Team members: Cédric Vanhoeck and Vanessa Counaert
Country: Belgium