Insights About Textile Recycling

Conveners of the Textile Industry Jointly Support a Digital Platform to Enhance the Scaleup of a Circular Economy

Industry organisations, working on related circularity projects, are aligning efforts to create the infrastructure to enable the recycling of post-consumer textile waste. Through their own projects and together through pre-competitive industry-wide collaboration, Accelerating Circularity, Fashion for Good, Global Fashion Agenda’s Circular Fashion Partnership, Reverse Resources, SMART, and WRAP are supporting the scaling of digital solutions to create the infrastructure for textile recycling. Reverse Resources is launching one such platform for collectors, sorters, and pre-processors – its goal is to facilitate textile-to-textile recycling.

We are calling on the industry to support this effort. The Reverse Resources platform will now be able to house information on collectors, sorters, pre-processors, locations, services, and volumes. The tool is designed to be open access, allowing circular system actors to find the required services. Reverse Resource’s initial digital platform made significant headway in the post-industrial textile waste industry – linking recyclers with manufacturer’s information to increase the transparency of availability of post-industrial materials – thus leading to greater circularity. The expanded digital platform will develop information on the availability and access to post-consumer materials for all industry stakeholders.

“Reverse Resources is a tracking and trading platform for textile and post-consumer waste, providing 360-degree transparency of waste flows. We match supply and demand, break down market barriers, shorten supply chains, thereby increasing value along the way.” said Ann Runnel, Founder & CEO of Reverse Resources. “Our mission is to help to bring down the cost of recycling to support the scale-up of the circular economy. The more industry members that participate, the more we can create economies of scale.”

”Over the past two years, Global Fashion Agenda worked closely with Reverse Resources to engage global brands, manufacturers in Bangladesh and recyclers to develop the platform for post-industrial textile waste. A key unlock to circular fashion systems is increasing transparency and traceability of waste feedstocks and matchmaking waste types, to recycling solutions.”
– Federica Marchionni, CEO, Global Fashion Agenda
“This is one of the first of many open-sourced digital tools we hope to see in the market that will allow the industry to move forward on its circularity goals. The industry needs the information that will be housed in the platform, on what services and materials are available when it comes to post-consumer textiles available for textile-to-textile recycling.”
Karla Magruder, Founder and President of Accelerating Circularity
“To achieve circularity, we need to collectively develop innovative business models, which require new digital systems, infrastructure, and collaborations. We are all aligned on the same objective to drive progress so working together to facilitate that through collaborative technology platforms makes sense.”
– Katrin Ley, Manager Director, Fashion for Good
“WRAP is pleased to support the development of this platform via our connections with the UK textile reuse & recycling sector. Digital platforms will create the transparency needed for a more circular textile industry. Circularity is key to WRAP’s new voluntary agreement for a more sustainable textiles industry, Textiles 2030, so this collaboration comes at a great time.”
– Cat Salvidge, Sustainable Textiles Sector Specialist, WRAP “

The platform is being piloted with several large collectors, sorters and pre processors who have been participating in the Accelerating Circularity Project Europe, Global Fashion Agenda’s Circular Fashion Partnership in Bangladesh and Fashion for Good’s Sorting for Circularity India Project. Ultimately the goal of the platform is to in a more effective and economical way allow for the recycling of the estimated 17 million tons in the USA and 5 million tons in Europe of post consumer waste that goes to landfills annually.

We invite collectors, sorters, and pre-processors to click on this link, and upload your information. The more participants that use it, the better it is for the industry.

Join us for a webinar on the 9th of February 2022 to learn more

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