Challenges for textile recycling according to the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) –

Around 73% of used textiles are still destined for energy recovery or for landfilling whereas only 1% are recycled in a closed loop, the textiles division of the Bureau of International Recycling heard last week.


Among the many challenges for recycling, the speaker highlighted the incorporation into products of “too many different materials – often only for price reasons”. Design for recycling, upcycling, greater product durability and repair strategies were all identified by him as key building blocks for circularity.


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