Accelerating Circularity (ACP) plans to move to the trial phase in the United States to demonstrate what is achievable and to assess environmental savings after substantial efforts to research, map, and identify skills and infrastructure to expedite the move to circular systems in textiles. Similar initiatives are being made throughout Europe.
ACP's objective is to create systems that will utilize the embedded value and resources in existing textiles to create new goods, decreasing the millions of tonnes of textile waste that ends up in landfills each year and so helping to reduce the industry's environmental impact.0
Founder, Karla Magruder, said that their work has been founded on joint efforts of the entire circular textile system, as no single company can make the modifications required to build functioning textile-to-textile circular systems. It is important to their work that all participants in the circular textile-to-textile system sign-on. They've gotten a lot of help from large companies and stores, and they're set to show real items manufactured in circular systems.
Alice Hartley, Director Global Sustainability at Gap and board director of Accelerating Circularity, said that it takes a willingness to cooperate in innovative ways to foster change. They've been a part of this program since the beginning since Gap's goal is to reinvent how business can affect the world.
Fabric mills 1888 Mills, Contempora Fabrics, and Milliken and Co, as well as recyclers Ambercycle, Eastman, Giotex, Lenzing, Recover, and Unifi, have already agreed to participate in the trials. CirTex, Give Back Box, Goodwill Industries of Southern Florida, Martex, and Wearable Collections are among the feedstock recyclers and suppliers.
Gap, Inc., Kontoor Brands, Inc., PVH, and VF Corporation are among the brands taking part. TOMRA Sorting Solutions, Waste Management, and Parkdale Mills are among the other participants.
Petra Schweiger, Accelerating Circularity European Program Manager, said that to thoroughly map, research, and organize trials in Europe, they will apply the same technique and phase strategy. However, if they can use the work done in the United States to help expedite the process, they will. They have a steering committee made up of key industry participants, and they want to start European trials in the first quarter of 2022.
The ability to mechanically and chemically recycle cotton, polyester, and cotton-polyester blends from post-consumer and post-industrial feedstocks to suit commercial needs will be demonstrated in the trials. Standard minimum order quantities, performance parameters, and aesthetic considerations are among these requirements. During the trials, data on logistics, amounts of recycled content, and any gaps or issues in the system will be collected.
The trial's goals are to see if what's already in place can enable the manufacture of circular products, and then to identify the gaps that need to be filled in order to grow textile-to-textile circularity.
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