The recycling of the clothing fibers can be implemented as an alternative for plastic, but the definite processes are not yet fully developed.
According to Hanna De la Motte, a textile recycling chemist at Research Institutes of Sweden in Goteborg(RISE), the fibers can be recycled chemically in two different ways, one by manually mixing the recycled fibers with the virgin fibers or the fibers can be chemically broken down to their building blocks and then can be used to rebuilt new fibers with indistinguishable performance characteristics than virgin fibers.
The chemical fiber-to-fiber recycling can be challenging both technically and economically, but the resulting fiber can’t be more expensive than the market. With a handful of successful pilots, this technology has newly emerged that can be used as an alternative for plastic.
However, proper processes for fiber recycling are not yet fully developed.