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Textile industry organizers jointly support a digital platform to improve the scaling of the circular economy

By on January 28, 2022 0

CAMPBELL HALL, NY – January 26, 2022 – Industry organizations, working on related circularity projects, are aligning efforts to create the infrastructure to enable the recycling of post-consumer textile waste. Through their own projects and together through industry-wide pre-competitive collaboration, Accelerating Circularity, Fashion for Good, Global Fashion Agenda’s Circular Fashion Partnership, Reverse Resources, SMART and WRAP are supporting the scale of digital solutions to create textile recycling infrastructure. . Reverse Resources launches such a platform for collectors, sorters and pre-processors – its goal is to facilitate textile-to-textile recycling.

We ask the industry to support this effort.

The Reverse Resources platform will now be able to host information about collectors, sorters, pre-processors, locations, services and volumes. The tool is designed to be open access allowing actors in the circular system to find the required services. Reverse Resource’s initial digital platform made significant strides in the post-industrial textile waste industry – connecting recyclers to manufacturer information to increase transparency of post-industrial material availability – leading to a more great circularity. The expanded digital platform will develop information on the availability and access to post-consumer materials for all industry players.

“Reverse Resources is a textile and post-consumer waste tracking and trading platform, providing 360 degree transparency of waste streams. We match supply and demand, remove market barriers, shorten supply chains, increasing value along the way,” said Ann Runnel, Founder and CEO of Reverse Resources. “Our mission is to help reduce the cost of recycling to support scaling the circular economy. The more industry members who participate, the more economies of scale we can create”

Over the past two years, Global Fashion Agenda has worked closely with Reverse Resources to engage global brands, manufacturers in Bangladesh and recyclers to develop the platform for post-industrial textile waste.

“A key element of circular fashion systems is to increase transparency and traceability of waste raw materials and to match waste types to recycling solutions,” said Federica Marchionni, CEO of Global Fashion Agenda.

“This is one of the first open-source digital tools we hope to see in the market that will enable the industry to move towards its circularity goals,” said Karla Magruder, Founder and President of Accelerating. Circularity. “Industry needs the information that will be housed on the platform, about available services and materials regarding post-consumer textiles available for textile-to-textile recycling.”

“To achieve circularity, we must collectively develop innovative business models, which require new digital systems, infrastructure and collaborations,” said Katrin Ley, Managing Director, Fashion for Good. “We’re all aligned with the same goal of getting things done, so it makes sense to work together to facilitate that through collaborative technology platforms.”

“WRAP is delighted to support the development of this platform through our links with the UK textile reuse and recycling sector. Digital platforms will create the transparency needed for a more circular textile industry,” said Cat Salvidge, Sustainable Textiles Sector Specialist, WRAP “Circularity is key in WRAP’s new voluntary agreement for a more sustainable textile industry, Textiles 2030, so this collaboration comes at just the right time.”

The platform is being tested with several large collectors, sorters and pre-processors who participated in the Accelerating Circularity Project Europe, Global Fashion Agenda’s Circular Fashion Partnership in Bangladesh and Fashion for Good’s Sorting for Circularity India project. Ultimately, the platform’s goal is to more efficiently and economically enable the recycling of the estimated 17 million tons in the United States. [1]and 5 million tons in Europe[2] of post-consumer waste that goes to landfill every year.

Join us for a webinar on February 9, 2022 to learn more:

8:00 a.m. Eastern Time (US and Canada) / 2:00 p.m. Central European Time (CET)

Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwkce2vrj8sHNL2LsAyluMYNN7cnqsGyLOK

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about joining the meeting.

To learn more about Reverse Resources, visit www.reverseresources.net

[1] https://www.epa.gov/facts-and-figures-about-materials-waste-and-recycling/textiles-material-specific-data#TextilesTableandGraph

[2] https://publications.jrcec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC125110k p.8

Posted: January 28, 2022

Source: Accelerating Circularity