Trash-2-Cash Master Case: R3 Coat

Paper author Simone Haslinger explains the Ioncell-F fibre technology to partners at the beginning of the Trasn-2-Cash project

Trash-2-Cash is coming to an end! But don’t be sad, we are showcasing our exciting innovations for the very first time during Dutch Design Week 2018, which opened yesterday. Over this last week we’ve been unveiling each of our 6 Master Case ‘stories’ and prototype products that we’ve developed. Next up: the R3 Coat.

Master Case summary

The R3 coat is made from recycled materials, is recyclable and breathable. To make sure the materials get back to where they need to be for recycling at end of life, an innovative business model has been developed based on renting, not owning these raincoats.


The challenge

Raincoats are currently made from PVC plastic or synthetic rubber-coated fabrics that cannot be recycled. To address this, the Trash-2-Cash designers wanted a high-performance textile for children’s rainwear that could take a bold print design. It needed to be recycled and recyclable, rainproof and also breathable.


The innovation

Using the ‘de-polymerisation – re-polymerisation’ technology, the Trash-2-Cash scientists have been able to produce recycled polyester fibres from blended polyester-cotton and pure polyester waste textiles. From these fibres, a high-performing and printable textile was manufactured. To make it waterproof, the Trash-2-Cash scientists adapted a self-healing material usually used to make sealants for the aerospace industry. The result is a flexible, resin-coated fabric that’s waterproof and recyclable – a surprising innovation! Breathability was achieved by laser-cutting tiny air holes into the fabric.

Trash-2-Cash? About the project

As we all know, one resource that’s becoming more abundant is waste. The idea of recycling textile waste has been popular for decades, but current mechanical methods give poor quality fabrics suitable only for industrial applications, like insulation, and the upcycling of pre-consumer textile waste into products is impossible to scale. 

Trash-2-Cash (T2C) proposes a new model where textile waste is regenerated chemically - resulting in new plastics and textiles that are the same quality as new materials, to make products that are industrially replicable and infinitely recyclable.

Come to our showcase at Klokgebouw during Dutch Design Week 2018 and decide for yourselves whether we have been able to make trash in to cash!


The consortium:

Academic and industry designers have been collaborating with scientists and engineers over the last three years to produce these new materials from textile waste. It’s a project that is as much about the way in which these people collaborate as what they have produced together. 

The 18 partners from 10 countries are showing six brand new material prototypes comprised of new, recycled and recyclable apparel and automotive materials and concepts. We are also sharing a new way of working – Design-Driven Material Innovation (DDMI) – outlining how science, design and industry can input into the process from beginning to end.

Trash-2-Cash is a collaboration of the following organisations:

-      Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Finland

-      IK4-CIDETEC Technology Centre, IK4 Research Alliance, Spain

-      The Copenhagen Business School (CBS), Denmark

-      Grado Zero Innovation (GZI), Italy

-      MAIER, Spain

-      Material ConneXion Italia Srl, Italy

-      Reima, Finland

-      RISE Research Institutes of Sweden

-      Celanese, Italy

-      SOEX, Germany

-      SÖKTAŞ, Turkey

-      Swerea, IVF, Sweden (from October 1st2018, RISE,Sweden)

-      TEKO, Sweden

-      Tekstina, Slovenia

-      University of the Arts London (UAL), United Kingdom

-      VanBerlo,The Netherlands

-      VTT, Finland


About Dutch Design Week:

In October of each year, Dutch Design Week (DDW) takes place in Eindhoven. The biggest design event in Northern Europe presents work and ideas of more than 2600 designers to more than 335,000 visitors from home and abroad. In more than hundred locations across the city, DDW organises and facilitates exhibitions, lectures, prize ceremonies, networking events, debates and festivities.


Exhibition details:

Saturday 20th October – Sunday 28th October 2018

Opening hours: 11:00 – 18:00


Klokgebouw Cultuurhallen

Klokgebouw 50,

5617 AB Eindhoven,

The Netherlands


DDW ‘Basic’ ticket:

€16 ‘early bird’ ticket booked before 20th September from

€18 full price advance purchase tickets

€20 at the door


Students receive a 30% discount. Premium tickets are also available from the DDW website.