Fashion for Good has launched the Sorting for Circularity Project to drive textile recycling by conducting a comprehensive textile waste analysis using accurate, innovative Near Infrared (NIR) technology, while also mapping textile recycler’s capabilities. The research will lead to an open digital platform to match textile waste from sorters with recyclers.
The project is driven by Fashion for Good, a platform for sustainable fashion innovation, with catalytic funding provided by Laudes Foundation and facilitated by brand partners, Adidas, Bestseller and Zalando, as well as Inditex as an external partner. Its partners Arvind Limited, Birla Cellulose, Levi Strauss & Co, Otto and PVH Corp are participating as part of the wider working group, Fashion for Good said in a press release.
The project brings together the largest industrial textile sorters in the North-West European region; including the Boer Group, I:CO (a part of SOEX Group), JMP Wilcox (a part of Textile Recycling International) and TEXAID.
The French accredited Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) eco-organisation Refashion, a key project partner, provides input into the methodology and leads the NIR scanner calibration. Aligning the Sorting for Circularity Project with their own study in France ensures methodologies and findings can be standardised, compared and implemented on a larger scale.