The Accelerating Circularity project has released the results of its research on the potential for circular textile supply chains on the east coast of the USA.
Its Research and Mapping report includes information on post-industrial and post-consumer materials; stakeholders including collectors, sorters, and preprocessors; and chemical and mechanical recyclers.
The report answers the basic questions of why, what, where, who and how materials can become a part of circular, textile-to-textile recycling systems. It includes information on spent post- industrial and post-consumer materials, stakeholders including collectors, sorters, and preprocessors, and chemical and mechanical recyclers.
The report maps the current state of actors in future circular supply chain networks, which will be the building blocks for circular models that will be critical to the industry’s future.
According to Karla Magruder, president, Accelerating Circularity, “Understanding the materials available, what supply chain steps are in place, and what is missing for textile-to- textiles circular systems will speed up the transition to new systems. This research has deepened our awareness that everything in a circular system must be connected for it to work. For everything to be connected we must all participate; it is something the industry has to do together. Nobody can go it alone.”
A Call to Action asks brands and retailers, industry stakeholders, and recyclers to do their part by contributing, more knowledge through information sharing and feedback. Brands and Retailers are asked to share the fiber contents of their products. Collectors, Sorters, and Preprocessors are asked to provide feedback on sorting specifications. Recyclers are asked to self-assess into process categories.
The full report, interactive data visualizations, and calls to action can be found at www.acceleratingcircularity.org/research.
Accelerating Circularity, which is funded by the Walmart Foundation and supported by Gap, Nike, Target and the VF Corporation, says 16.9 million tons of textiles goes to waste in the US each year and that less than one per cent of used clothing is recycled.