ABOUT THE BILLIE SYSTEM

The Billie Upcycling Factory

The Billie System provides an innovative way for brands and companies looking to revive excess inventory, unused raw materials, or textile waste.

While most recycling processes require high volumes of water and chemicals to make useable yarns, The Billie System combines new and existing technologies to create a waterless solution for recycling textile waste, lowering harmful effects to the environment. This mechanical recycling system does not consume water or produce chemical waste.

Developed by Novetex Textiles Limited, the patented system is almost entirely automated, thereby reducing the high labour costs associated with textile recycling. The machines can process up to three tonnes of recycled fibres per day, which can be blended with virgin materials to produce yarn for various products and garments in our Zhuhai facilities.

The Billie System has been recognised in numerous innovation awards globally. It has earned a Gold Medal in the International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva and a Bronze prize in the 2019 Hong Kong Green Innovations Awards (HKGIA).

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How does it work?

The Billie System comprises six key stages:

Step 1: TEXTILE WASTE SANITISATION
Garments are purified via an ozone sanitisation system. The ozone is produced onsite, then disposed as oxygen into the air.

The Billie System Step 1 - TEXTILE WASTE SANITISATION

Step 2: HARDWARE REMOVAL
Non-fibre objects and trims from the clothing are removed manually.

The Billie System Step 2 - HARDWARE REMOVAL

Step 3: AUTOMATIC COLOUR SORTING
Trimmed fabrics are sent to the camera to be sorted into nine colour ranges by reading colour reflections from the swatches.

The Billie System Step 3 -AUTOMATIC COLOUR SORTING

Step 4: FIBRE PROCESSING
The colour-sorted swatches are transferred automatically by the Automated Guide Vehicle (AGV) into our mechanical recycling process, which breaks down the fabrics into fibres.

The Billie System Step 4 - FIBRE PROCESSING

Step 5: UV LIGHT SANITISATION
The fibres go through two stages of UV light sanitisation.

The Billie System Step 5 - UV LIGHT SANITISATION

Step 6: SLIVER PROCESSING
The 100% recycled fibres are processed into slivers.

The Billie System Step 6 - SLIVER PROCESSING

About Novetex

Established in 1976 and part of the Novel Group, Novetex Textiles Limited is recognised as one of the world’s leaders and pioneers in the textile industry. Founded by renowned Hong Kong entrepreneur and textile industry pioneer, Mr. Kuang Piu Chao, the Hong Kong-based company has over 500 employees and extensive operations in multiple cities across China and Asia. Its clients include high-profile global brands. The group is currently led by Chairman and third-generation family member, Ms. Ronna Chao.

Roving yarn by The Billie System