Aligned with this season’s Focus Topic: Nothing to Waste - Closing the Loop
The transition towards a circular textile industry will require fundamental changes in the way products are designed and used, business is conducted and progress is measured at the corporate level.
What does it mean?
“A circular textiles economy describes an industrial system which produces neither waste nor pollution by redesigning fibres to circulate at a high quality within the production and consumption system for as long as possible and/or feeding them back into the bio- or technosphere to restore natural capital or providing secondary resources at the end of use.“
There is the understanding, that, the circular economy works best with mono-component materials per one garment (100% made from one material), which can be recycled completely. Products that are not compostable need to return their raw materials.
It is fantastic to see how textile manufacturers have comitted to sustainable monocomponent material developments to the market in the recent years.
Let’s talk Polyester
Polyester is currently the easiest fabric to develop a circular product with. For example: consider the winter jacket. Almost 100% of a jacket can be put together using polyester.