- Europe and Central Asia
Sectors of activity
Consumer Goods, Waste, incl. Chemicals, Scientific Research, Development and Innovation
Type of initiative
Policy Frameworks & Tools, Research, Analysis, Assessment
Type of lead actor
Government / public sector
Reusing and recycling of used textiles can partially offset the high environmental impacts of textile production but with a wide range of options available government and business can find it difficult to find the greenest option for post-consumer textiles.
The objective of this project was to provide stakeholders with robust comparisons of the benefits of different management options for post-consumer textiles to guide them in making the right environmental choices.
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No activities have yet been reported under this initiative
Impact and Results
The results clearly show that reuse is environmentally by far the best management option for post-consumer textiles regardless of where in the world the product is reused. It also shows that recycling is for the most part better than incineration, particularly fibre-to fibre recycling.
This result is of key importance to both governments and brands in choosing policy and initiatives. It makes it clear that all effort must be given to reusing or extending lifetimes of clothing and textiles as far as possible and recycle only when the product can no longer be reused.
The project also provided an Excel spreadsheet of results that allows governments and business to calculate the benefits of diverting a given quantity of textiles from incineration to reuse and recycling.
Next steps and how to get involved
Use the Excel spreadsheet to calculate the benefits of diverting your country's, regions or company's post-consumer textiles from incineration to reuse or recycling. Note though that the calculations are specific to Nordic countries energy system profiles. The benefits may differ in your country.
Do all you can to prioritise reuse, and recycle only when the product can no longer be reused somewhere in the world.