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Utrecht University advises the dutch government to enforce the use of recycled content in textiles

YarnsandFibers News Bureau 2021-02-03 19:15:35 – Netherlands

A transition in the fashion industry leading to circular textiles can be a solution for degrading environmental conditions. 

A strategy that includes processes like manufacturing long-lasting clothes, reusing the discarded clothes and recycling the textile fibers, and making new products out of them will positively lead to a better environment and will reduce the usage of raw materials in the fashion industry. 

The Dutch government seems very determined about their goal of achieving a 100% circular textile industry by 2050. Marco Hekkert, chairman of the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development of Utrecht University, explains that the development of long-lasting clothing is not a popular trend presently but the use of second-hand clothing is comparatively more popular in many nations and many internet platforms are also coming ahead promoting this activity. There is an occurrence of a conflicting situation where companies in the fashion industry endorse the promotion of circularity but they are not able to generate novel textiles out of recycled content in reality. So the innovative firms developing these textiles are not sufficient to take the sustainability aspect to a remarkable stage; thus, this leads to a very slow transition process. 

Hekkert says we have advised the Dutch government to encourage the fashion industry to lean towards recycling practices. There could be such systems and strategies with ideas of how to convey the right information to the customers like the labels and tags containing the amount of recycled content present in their clothes and much other information related to it. To upscale the production and development process a lot of investment is needed and many organizations need to come ahead and contribute for the motive to facilitate the experimentation and the effective outcome.

 There is a long way for the Netherlands to achieve its target but they are moving the head in solidarity.

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