Fashion for Good has concluded its Sorting for Circularity Europe project, and in collaboration with Circle Economy has released a report detailing the findings of the 16-month analysis.
It indicates that 74% of low-value, post-consumer textiles – a total of 494,000 tons – are readily available for fibre-to-fibre recycling in six European countries. This represents the potential to generate an additional €74 million per year in value by reintroducing sorted and recycled textiles back into the value chain.
In addition to the report, two further industry resources, developed by Circle Economy, have been made available – Recycler’s Database, a database mapping textile recycler’s capabilities, illuminating crucial gaps between the sorting and recycling industry, and an open source Sorters Handbook to guide the sorting industry.
Building off the project, two open digital platforms, Reverse Resources and Refashion Recycle, to match textile waste from sorters with recyclers, have been identified as critical tools to further enable the connections needed to drive greater circularity in the years to come. Following an assessment of suitable digital platforms within and outside of the textile industry, Reverse Resources has 39 active recyclers and 32 active waste handlers/sorters on its platform, while Refashion Recycle has 103 recyclers and 66 sorters onboarded onto its platform. This represents a large portion of the European circularity industry.
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