Recycling equipment manufacturer TOMRA has published a new white paper titled ‘Transforming Textiles: 4 Key Beliefs to Enable Textiles Circularity’. The paper addresses the current state of the textiles industry, strategies and technologies needed for the transition to a circular value chain.
While the worldwide textile market plays a crucial role in the global economy, the industry’s growth in production and consumption over the past two decades has placed immense pressure on our natural resources and adversely impacted the health of our planet. Today, only 1% of annual textile waste is recycled into new products without being downgraded.
The new white paper addresses this issue, examining the linear nature of the textile industry and highlighting the transformative potential within its current processes. By exploring innovative strategies and technologies, the firm says the white paper charts a course toward a circular textiles value chain, revolutionising waste into valuable resources.
“At TOMRA, we recognise the urgency to reshape the textiles value chain from linear to circular. Our webcast and this white paper serve as essential guides for the industry to leverage immense opportunities for transformation,” stated Vibeke Krohn, Head of TOMRA Textiles. “We are committed to driving innovation and collaborating with industry leaders to shape a more circular and responsible future for the textile industry.”
TOMRA has identified four key beliefs to underpin this new, circular textiles value chain. These key beliefs are:
- Supportive policy, legislation and incentives to guide and motivate the shift towards circularity in textiles.
- Cross-industry collaboration and business model innovation to support profitable and long-term value creation across the textile value chain.
- Investments to scale infrastructure for automated sorting and mature recycling technologies to enable fibre-to-fibre textiles across material types and compositions.
- A robust digital core to capture data and insights across the textile value chain to allow for transparency and traceability, and to keep consumers, industry players, and regulators informed.
“Transforming Textiles highlights the critical role of collaboration among industry players, policymakers and consumers to scale up infrastructure for traceable textile collection, sorting, reuse and fibre-to-fibre recycling. Together, we can transform the textile landscape into one that prioritises sustainability and circularity,” added Louisa Hoyes, Director of Strategic Partnerships at TOMRA Textiles.
To learn more about enabling circularity for textiles, download the white paper here: Transforming Textiles: Whitepaper (tomra.com). A recording of the recent accompanying webcast is provided below.