The AI Avengers: 5 Start-Ups Saving the Planet with the Power of Artificial Intelligence

In our ongoing exploration of the “AI Avengers,” a group of visionary start-ups leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) to address environmental challenges, we now turn our attention to textile recycling. The textile industry is undergoing a transformative shift towards sustainability, and #ai is playing a vital role in revolutionizing textile recycling processes. In this blog, we will delve into the revolutionary work of Sortile, an AI company dedicated to reshaping textile recycling with advanced AI technologies.

Revolutionizing Textile Recycling with AI-Powered Sorting and Separation

The textile industry is one of the largest contributors to global waste and pollution. Traditional textile recycling methods have been limited by the inefficiency of manual sorting, leading to high rates of contamination and low recycling rates. However, Sortile is changing the game by harnessing the power of AI to automate the sorting and separation of recyclable materials.

Sortile’s cutting-edge technology combines NIR spectroscopy and #machinelearning algorithms to identify different fiber compositions with remarkable accuracy. By analyzing images or sensor data from recycling facilities, their AI system can quickly and precisely categorize textiles based on their fiber composition. This breakthrough enables textile-to-textile recycling, where textiles can be recycled and repurposed instead of being discarded as waste.

The impact of Sortile’s AI-powered sorting and separation is significant. By accurately identifying and separating recyclable materials, they contribute to the creation of a circular economy within the textile industry. This approach minimizes waste, reduces the industry’s environmental impact, and promotes sustainable and circular fashion practices.

Advantages of Sortile’s AI Technology

Accuracy: Sortile’s AI system boasts an accuracy rate of over 95% in identifying more than five different fiber compositions. This high level of accuracy ensures precise sorting and increases the quality of recycled textiles.

Process Optimization: Traditional sorting methods often rely on clothing tags, which can be time-consuming and inefficient. Sortile eliminates the need for clothing tags by leveraging AI technology, reducing processing time and improving overall efficiency in textile recycling facilities.

Transparency and Data Analytics: Sortile provides data analytics capabilities, allowing recycling facilities to gain valuable insights into their waste streams. By offering transparency and efficient data management, Sortile helps optimize the textile recycling process and enhance overall resource management.


Sortile, led by Constanza Gomez, CFA and Agustina Mir, is at the forefront of AI-driven solutions for textile recycling. Their advanced AI technology enables accurate fiber composition identification and sorting, laying the foundation for textile-to-textile recycling and circular fashion practices. Through their efforts, Sortile is revolutionizing the textile recycling landscape, contributing to a more sustainable and environmentally conscious textile industry.

The AI Avengers, including companies like Sortile, are leveraging the power of AI to address pressing environmental challenges. By combining AI with other technologies, they are reshaping industries, promoting sustainability, and helping to save the planet. Sortile’s work represents just the beginning of a transformative journey towards a more circular and sustainable textile industry.

With AI-powered sorting and separation technologies, companies like Sortile are driving significant advancements in textile recycling. Their commitment to unlocking the challenges of scaling textile recycling and extending the value of textiles through reuse, repair, and various recycling options will undoubtedly have a lasting impact. As we move forward, it is clear that AI will continue to play a crucial role in shaping a greener and more sustainable future for our planet.

Stay tuned for the final part of our series, where we will explore another remarkable start-up that is using AI to make a positive impact on our environment.

About the author: Mauricio Chiong is a former climate-tech entrepreneur, MBA and ESG enthusiast. Now is Venture Partner of Savia Ventures and an incoming MAM ’24 student at Yale School of Management.

About Savia: Savia Ventures is a 10M USD seed fund to scale clean technologies in Latin America, leveraging the partners’ experience to achieve a 6X return over investment in ten years. (Areas of interest: Mining, New Materials, SaaS and Fin-tech for renewables, Carbon-Tech, Ocean-Tech)

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Mauricio Chiong Castillo

Yale SOM ‘24 MAM | PUC Chile ‘21 MBA | Sustainability VC | Entrepreneur

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