Taking action to drive change
The topic of Circular Economy is becoming increasingly important for the textile industry. At this state, in most countries there is no sufficient data available regarding the actual amount of factory textile waste that occurs during production and its potential to be reutilized for further usage. To unlock the full potential of textile waste and to ensure its usage as a new material resource, the integration of textile waste management practices and the establishment of new infrastructures are needed to secure a constant flow of high-quality secondary raw materials.
Initiated by Asia Pacific Rayon (APR), in partnership with Reverse Resources (RR) and Closed Loop Fashion (CLF), we are conducting a textile waste mapping survey amongst garment factories based in Bangladesh, Indonesia and Sri Lanka to evaluate countrywide accurate primary data of the overall amount of waste.
Reducing the use of virgin materials
As one of the world’s largest producers of viscose staple fibre and the first fully integrated viscose rayon producer in Asia, APR is working to drive change within the man-made cellulosic fibre industry. Their commitment includes the sourcing of 20% of their feedstock from alternative or recycled materials by 2030 through establishing an innovative recycling plant for processing textile waste, which will significantly advance the industry standards.
To accelerate circularity in Asia’s textile industry, APR seeks partnerships and plans to invest in technology innovation to mainstream the use of recycled textiles in MMCF production. APR collaborates with Reverse Resources , an online platform for mapping, matchmaking and tracking of recyclable textile waste flows, and Closed Loop Fashion Consulting (CLF), an established hub for applied sustainability and circular economy practices in the textile and apparel industry.
Collaborating for a sustainable future
In the first phase, the collaborative aim is to map out the potentially available volumes of production textile waste in Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
CALL TO ACTION:
The Survey is still running, if you are a textile or apparel factory based in one of the above mentioned countries, your input would be greatly appreciated. The survey aims to collect data on your production process, fibres used and waste generated. The questionnaire should not take more than 15-20 mins to fill. In return, we would like to share a summary report of the findings with you once the Survey is completed.