With a vision of a world in which textiles are no longer wasted and millions of tons of waste are diverted from landfill and incineration, the aim is to catalyze new supply chains and business models to turn spent textiles into mainstream raw materials.
Accelerating Circularity, Inc., Campbell Hall, NY/USA, is a non-profit organization focused on textile-to-textile recycling at a commercial scale through a collaborative, stakeholder-led approach. In mid-2022, they launched polyester textile-to-textile trials and have been working to define the products and value chains for cellulosics; 4 cellulosics value chains have been defined thus far.
The organization has been working with over 80 value chain members representing the EU-27 plus Norway, Switzerland, the UK, Morocco, and Turkey, with a focus on post-consumer textiles. When a textile has cycled through repair, re-use, resale, and/or re-make, such that it retains no readily accessible value, the material is spent. By diverting post-consumer spent textiles from downcycling, incineration, and landfill, it is possible to lower the textile industry’s environmental impacts.
Accelerating Circularity trials are supported by Jubel.AI, a cutting-edge cloud-based platform with advanced AI technology. It offers unique data sharing capability, which enables the collaboration and information sharing required to make these pilot trials successful.
The product trial range will cover single jersey and Italian fleece items, woven light-weight shirts, and heavier-weight twill fabrics. The target composition is 40% recycled content; half is to come from post-consumer spent textiles. The goal is a minimum of 50 tons of post-consumer spent textile feedstock across all products and partners with the ideal timeline of Spring 2023 for initial development of fabrics.