Building Circularity in the Textiles Value Chain
The UN Environment Programme is providing leadership and convening partners to develop knowledge and solutions to advance on sustainable and more circular textile value chains
Sustainable and circular textiles
The textile industry is one of global importance, providing high levels of employment, foreign exchange revenue and products essential to human welfare.
The world is producing and consuming more textiles than ever before, and the current very low re-use and recycling rates mean that more textiles are also being thrown away than ever before. This requires ever more land, water and fossil fuels, and leads to increasing pollution of the air, water and soil.
UNEP'S WORK ON SUSTAINABLE AND CIRCULAR TEXTILES
The UN Environment Programme's work on sustainable and circular textiles applies a value-chain approach, which leads to changes at each stage in the value chain while involving players of all sizes and from all market segments.
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Sustainability and Circularity in the Textile Value Chain - Global Stocktaking