UK report on circular textiles calls for a paradigm shift in global industry

YarnsandFibers News Bureau 2021-06-22 05:56:53 – United Kingdom

According to a new report by the UK-based Professional Clothing Industry Association Worldwide Ltd. (PCIAW) and Business in the Community (BITC), the textile industry must focus on resource efficiency, end-of-life recyclability, and sustainable development from renewable natural materials, which requires immediate action to prevent further damage to the planet.

The circular textiles study examines the environmental consequences of existing textile waste, as well as ongoing research and cutting-edge techniques that should result in increased corporate environmental responsibility in the coming years.

Its goal is to teach producers, suppliers, buyers, and designers about the concepts and practices of circularity in textiles for workwear, such as PPE and corporate clothing. It explains best practices in textile disposal and looks at how circularity may be designed into the entire process of manufacturing, utilizing, and reusing textiles.

PCIAW attempts to reduce excessive consumption by enlisting the help of companies. Textiles contribute 10% of worldwide carbon emissions, 20% of global industrial wastewater pollution, and just 1% of the material used in garment manufacture is recycled into new apparel at the end of its life cycle.

This study provides an overview of the present condition of the textile industry and acts as a guide for the government-backed Textiles 2030 program, which seeks to drastically reduce textile waste. It examines contemporary textile industry ideas and practices, with an emphasis on current recycling technology and renewable energy facilities.

To achieve these goals, the report recommends manufacturing locally to reduce waste and stimulate local economies that have been disrupted by the pandemic, as well as extended producer responsibility (EPR), end-of-life procedures, design-in recyclability, and removing barriers to recyclable textiles for buyers, suppliers, and manufacturers who want to incorporate them into their supply chain.

Teesside University, University of Leeds, University of Basel, APT Fabrics, Avena, Lenzing Fibres, Project Plan B, Stuff4Life, DenimX, Decontex, INVISTA CORDURA Brand, Plimsoll, wear2wear, Sympatex Technologies, Worn Again Technologies, and W. L. Gore & Associates are among the leading industry organizations and companies that contributed to the report's creation.

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