Used Textiles

“Business as usual” still a distant prospect for many textiles recyclers

| “The risks right now are much higher than the opportunities,” stated BIR Textiles Division President Martin Böschen of Switzerland-based TEXAID * Textilverwertungs AG in delivering his latest market summary to a divisional webinar on October 15.

Hyperspectral imaging reducing textile waste

| New EU guidelines for the recycling of fabrics and textiles have been in force since 2018. The aim of this very important project for the environment is to reuse all textiles worldwide from 2025.
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First large-scale end-of-life textile refinement plant in Finland

| The Nordic countries’ first industrial end-of-life textile refinement plant will open in Paimio in 2021.

Textiles: Stocks could take “18 to 24 months” to return to normal levels

| The textiles recycling industry has entered “a critical stage”, according to BIR Textiles Division President Martin Böschen of Switzerland-based TEXAID * Textilverwertungs AG.
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MEPs call on Commission to follow approach in textile strategy

| Today a group of 53 Members of the European Parliament (MEP) from across the political spectrum have written a letter to Commissioner Sinkevičius, Hogan, Reynders, and Urpilainen endorsing civil society’s approach to rethinking the global textile value chain.

Coronavirus strengthens case for new EU textile laws

| As the European Commission is poised to start developing a new ‘comprehensive strategy for textiles’ in the coming months1, today a group of 65 diverse civil society organisations has set out its vision2 for the global Textile, Garments, Leather and Footwear (TGLF) sector.

Associations: Second-hand clothing imports presumed to be safe

| BIR and EuRIC would like to express concern about the restrictions issued by some countries to stop the import of second hand clothing based on the presumption that clothes coming from Europe or elsewhere may be contaminated with the coronavirus.

Fibersort technology has been launched

| The Fibersort machine is ready to start valorizing global textile waste, sorting ~900 kgs of post-consumer textiles per hour, enabling a closed textiles loop.

Policy is key to driving a more circular apparel industry

| The global apparel industry has long lamented the need to transition to a circular economy – and a new set of proposals for EU policymakers may be the golden ticket in helping foster the change, writes Global Data.

Recycled textiles on the red carpet

| Finland celebrated its 102 years of independence on December 6 and Maria Ohisalo, the countries' Interior Minister, was walking the red carpet wearing a dress made from recycled textiles.

Textiles and fashion industry must “embrace design for recycling”

| Recent months have brought higher-than-normal collection volumes but quality is declining owing to the combination of “fast fashion” and “an increasing awareness from consumers that textiles can be recycled”, observed Martin Böschen of Switzerland-based TEXAID * Textilverwertungs AG in his opening comments as the new President of the BIR Textiles Division.
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