Stimulating Textile-to-Textile Recycling

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Extending the active lifetimes of textile products should be prioritised in efforts to reduce the environmental impacts of textile production. However, once textiles are worn out, recycling them back into new textile products is environmentally advantageous compared to incineration or landfill. A number of Nordic brands have been venturing out on pathways towards textile-to-textile recycling both through designing for ease of recycling and thus increase potential supply, and through using recycled materials in new products. This report compares the experiences of eleven of these and documents their motivation, challenges they’ve experienced and the strategies they’ve used to overcome these. The report is published in parallel with a case wallet and aims to inspire other brands to engage in closed loop thinking.



Background and Objectives

The Nordic Environmental Action Programme 2013–18 includes an aim that the Nordic region’s global footprint should be reduced. The consumption of textiles has been shown by various studies to be one of the most impacting European consumption areas after mobility, food and housing (EEA, 2013; JRC, 2014; Tukker et al. 2006 etc.). Nordic consumption of textiles is relatively high by European standards: Danish, Swedish, Norwegian and Finnish and Icelandic citizens consume between 13 kg and 16 kg of new textiles each year (Tojo et al., 2012; Palm et al., 2014).


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