New industry report calls for radical change in the global textile industry

An in-depth report titled Circular Textiles for a Sustainable Future has been produced by PCIAW and Business in the Community (BITC).

This report on circular textiles serves as a guide for the government-backed Textiles 2030 initiative, which aims to massively cut textile waste and has been created as an overview of the current state of the sector. It reviews current principles and practices in the textile industry and focuses on the present facilities available for recycling technologies and renewable energy.

The report looks at the environmental implications of current textile wastage, alongside ongoing research and cutting-edge practices that should lead to an increase in corporate environmental responsibility in future years. It aims to educate manufacturers, suppliers, buyers and designers in the principles and practices of circularity in textiles for workwear, including PPE and corporatewear. It details best practice in the disposal of textiles and looks at how circularity can be designed-in to the whole process of making, using and re-using textiles.

The report says that the textile industry must foreground resource efficiency, end-of-life recyclability and sustainable development from renewable natural materials and it calls for immediate action to reduce further damage to the planet.

Yvette Ashby, CEO of PCIAW, said: “We are proud to share this extensive, first of its kind report, which educates the industry on the current and emerging textile recycling technologies, complete with case studies from world leading professional clothing companies and universities.  We hope that the textiles industry takes the necessary steps to accelerate a circular textile economy once and for all.”

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