5 entanglements for the textile industry on the trail towards circular economy


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“Circular economy” has been a buzzword in the policy sector for a long time. With the Circular Economy Action Plan, however, much of what just used to be buzz will be put into print, forming new laws and regulations within the EU.

This past year, ChemSec has explored the topic together with ambitious industry representatives who want to use more recycled materials, but are struggling to find materials of the right quality without toxic chemicals.

A couple of weeks ago, we brought together consumer-facing textile brands and producers of recycled materials. The goal was to initiate a constructive dialogue on the topic and to give a broader understanding of the textile industry’s needs when it comes to making circular economy a reality.

“Ambitious industry representatives want to use more recycled materials, but are struggling to find materials of the right quality without toxic chemicals”

We were hoping to bring some clarity to this complex issue and identify the hurdles of using and producing more recycled material. The workshop was successful, and the insights from it were numerous and interesting. Here are a few take-aways:

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