Today, more than 15 kilograms of textile waste is generated per person every year in Europe. The largest source of textile waste is discarded clothes and home textiles from consumers— accounting for around 85 percent of the total waste. The generation of textile waste is problematic as incineration and landfills—both inside and outside Europe—are its primary end destinations. This has several negative consequences for people and the environment. But a significant transformation lies ahead that could create a large and sustainable new industry that turns waste into value.
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