At LMB, we'll always prioritise reuse over recycling.
Our commitment to UK-based sorting ensures that textiles find their way to the markets where they will be valued the most. We aim to keep good quality garments in the rewear cycle for as long as possible.
In cases where direct reuse isn't possible, we implement mechanical and fibre-to-fibre recycling solutions. LMB are proud to be the first UK textile sorter to establish feedstock supply agreements with emerging fibre-to-fibre re-processors Renewcell and Worn Again.
With the support of WRAP, we're making substantial investments into equipment and technology to ensure we deliver a consistent, substantial supply of feedstock to the fibre-to-fibre sector.
Mechanical recycling uses seven times less energy than new production, making it the more efficient solution over chemical recycling.
There is a misconception about downcycling, as it's seen to create products of lower value. Textiles moved into insulation or composites actually often have greater longevity than in garments, challenging the notion of mechanical recycling as a finite solution, with further recycling available at a product's end of life. We’re currently working on fibre-to-fibre mechanical solutions to produce new fibres, with a mission to reignite the UK’s lost art of traditional wool-spinnning.
We're proud to share that our system allows us to reuse or recycle circa 93% of the textiles we process.
LMB are at the forefront of the fast-developing circular economy, pioneering technological and processing advances. We’re actively powering the reinvention of existing processes, enabling more businesses to take on a circular model.
This will ensure fibre-to-fibre recycling can become a commercial reality for the UK. By transforming what was once considered to be “waste” into a valuable resource, we are establishing new business processes and an economic sector based on resource efficiency.