The EU textile industry generates an estimated 16 million tons of waste per year. Much of textile waste is thrown in landfills or incinerated, with a high environmental impact and at great cost. However, by 2025 the EU Member States are required to enforce separate textile collection system as part of the new rules set out by the Circular Economy Action Plan the European Commission adopted on 2 December 2015.With the deadline looming on the horizon and new innovative circular textile technologies emerging internationally at fast pace, ISWA is opening a dialogue on the current state of the textile waste management and the future of circular textiles in Europe to share solutions for tackling one of the most linear-focused industries in the world.
This one-day conference spotlights the textile life-cycle, from design to reconstitution of fibres into new textiles, as well as business models that are bringing waste fibres and textiles closer to being aligned with the circular economy practices. Given the increase in consumer awareness of and desire for ethical and sustainable clothing, this knowledge is essential for designers and textile developers of the future.