Fashion for Good pushes innovation in circular polyester

Fashion for Good has launched a new project to validate and scale promising polyester recycling technologies that could drive the fashion industry closer to closed-loop production. 

As the most common fibre in the world, polyester makes up a significant portion of the 73% of textiles that end up in landfill or incinerated every year. Chemical recycling is a key solution that can address the polyester textile waste challenge.

With the Full Circle Textiles Project - Polyester, Fashion for Good will bring together brands, innovators, supply chain partners and investors to encourage financing and commitments in the fashion industry. It has enlisted promising innovators such as CuRe Technology, Garbo, gr3n and PerPETual, who, over the course of the 18-month project, will be producing chemically recycled polyester for eventual use in fabric and garment production from post-consumer textile waste. 

Textile recycling is a crucial for circular production, reducing the environmental impact of textile waste and eliminating the industry’s dependence on virgin raw materials.

Katrin Ley, managing director at Fashion for Good, said: “Textile recycling is a key focus for Fashion for Good. With the success of the first Full Circle Textiles Project, and proof that a galvanised consortium of stakeholders from across the industry can truly shift the needle, we can now turn our attention to applying these learnings and steps to scale to another critical area; textile-to-textile polyester recycling.”

Amsterdam’s leading sustainable fashion industry

Fashion for Good, the world’s first museum and accelerator dedicated to sustainable fashion, is a leading light in Amsterdam’s sustainable fashion scene, helping to foster more eco-friendly processes and cut waste in the industry at home and internationally.

The Amsterdam Area is also home to innovators such as BYBORRE, whose textile innovation studio helps designers create custom fabrics, Wieland Textiles, which makes new fabrics from recycled materials, Dyecoo, which has developed a water and chemical-free dying process, The Renewal Workshop, which helps companies launch renewal and resell platforms, and Lena Library, which encourages fashion lovers to rent clothing.

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