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Next Generation Recycling of Textiles and Apparel

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  • 17 Pages
  • May 2023
  • Region: Global
  • Textiles Intelligence Ltd.
  • ID: 5793944

The scale of the textile waste problem is formidable, and the need for recycling is more pressing than ever. At present, the volume of fibres being recycled back into new fibres in any kind of circular system amounts to less than 1% of global fibre production. However, changes are afoot. In particular, a range of initiatives is being driven by the leading apparel brands, and legislation is pending which aims to ensure that fibres of the future will become more widely perceived as valuable resources. In the EU, the separate collection of textile waste will become mandatory from January 1, 2025, and an extended producer responsibility (EPR) scheme for dealing with the waste will be introduced.

Also, Euratex is calling for 150-250 dedicated new recycling centres to be established in Europe in the next few years. In the case of carpet recycling, products are being developed using monomaterials, or single polymer constructions, in order to facilitate recycling. In the workwear sector, meanwhile, strides are being made in the development of methods for recycling uniforms containing para-aramid fibres.

Who should buy this report?

  • Manufacturers of fibres, textiles, clothing and chemicals
  • Textile and clothing machinery manufacturers - spinning, weaving, knitting, sewing and import/export
  • Textile and clothing brands and retailers like Adidas, H&M etc.
  • Educational institutions like universities, fashion schools etc.
  • Business consultancy firms 
  • Textile and clothing trade associations
  • Government trade bodies

Table of Contents

  • EU extended producer responsibility (EPR) scheme
  • Euratex ReHubs initiative
  • Five circularity initiatives in Scandinavian countries
  • EU exports of used textiles
  • Textile recycling company: Lawrence M Barry (LMB) & Co
  • Take-back programmes: Reskinned
  • Carpet Recycling UK (CRUK)
  • Circular technical fibre system: General Recycled

Companies Mentioned

  • Carpet Recycling UK (CRUK)
  • Euratex
  • Lawrence M Barry (LMB) & Co