A recent sustainability project ‘ Accelerating Circularity ‘ partners with major clothing firms to map ways of reducing textile-industry waste and transforming it into recent fabrics and materials.
Accelerating Circularity’s mission will be to research and identify opportunities in apparel supply chains in order to make them circular, which mean taking returned goods and items defined as waste materials and turning them into new textiles. The initiative’s first projects will include research into mechanical and chemical recycling of cotton, viscose and polyester textile waste. These three fibers comprise more than 80 per cent of all textile fiber production.
The recycling of less than one per cent of textile waste into new textiles. Every year about 16.9 million tons of textile waste was dumped. Some of the biggest names in fashion are joining forces to create a sustainable industry focused on circular economy concepts, and tackle problems that have seen the fashion industry becoming one of today’s most polluting and inefficient operations. New maps for the supply chain need to be available which do not exist today. The knowledge of where the textile waste is, how it should be processed and where it will be fed to the correct recyclers needs to be developed.