Of interest to designers and brands faced with the challenge of designing and producing closed loop clothing and textiles.

Gain inspiration from other brands that make use of recycled materials in new garments, design their products for ease of recycling and even engage in full closed loops. Find out what strategies they used to overcome obstacles in their path.

Implemented in

  • Europe and Central Asia

Sectors of activity
Consumer Goods, Waste, incl. Chemicals, Public Procurement

Type of initiative
Capacity Building & Implementation, Research, Analysis, Assessment

Type of lead actor
Government / public sector

Start date
01/12/2016

End date
30/11/2017

Shared by

David Watson

Senior Consultant

PlanMiljø

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Objectives

Recycling of worn-out clothing back into new textile products is a long-term sustainability goal for many in the textile industry. It would close material loops and reduce demands on virgin resources. However, there are a number of technical obstacles to textile-to-textile recycling and the demand for, and the supply of, sufficient quality recycled fibres remains limited.

This project aimed to increase knowledge among stakeholders of the opportunities for recycling and how these can be implemented. It focused at both ends of the loop. On the PUSH - textile products that are designed for disassembly and fibre recovery – and on the PULL - demand for recycled fibres in new products.

Activities

As collected through the One Planet Reporting

No activities have yet been reported under this initiative

Impact and Results

While reuse of pre-owned clothing on global markets is a thriving business and extends the lifetime of garments with resulting imporant environmental benefits, when the garments are no longer fit for use most still end in landfill or incineration. There is a huge need, especially as collection of used textiles accelerates to close the material loop for textiles.

This Case Wallet and the Analysis Report provide both inspiration and assistance for brands aiming to do just this and is inspiring brands to begin on this difficult but essentilal pathway for transforming the industry. The Case Wallet provides inspiration from well known brands while the analysis digs down into the detail of the challenges and sratagies for overcoming these.

The Case Wallet has already been downloaded more than 3000 times and is being used around the world.

Next steps and how to get involved

If you're a brand or designer wanting to close material loops in your products or just beginning on looking for recycled materials suitable for yur new products then look at the Case Wallet for Inpiration from n´brands such as H&M, Filippa K, Peak Performance and Houdini Sportswear.

If you want to look in more detail at obstacles and strategies for overcoming them, dig into the Analysis Report.

Otherwise contct the project manager David Watson at dw@planmiljoe.dk