Accelerating Circularity, Inc has released a report on US trials of commercial scale textile-to-textile systems. Titled, ‘Putting Textiles to Good Use,’ the report concisely presents the rationale and goals for the trials, including ambitious content minimums of 40 per cent recycled blends and 20 per cent post-consumer inputs for all trials. In response to stakeholder demand, the report also lays out the role, benefits, and responsibilities of each prospective participant.
The group proposes specific trials targeting post-industrial and post-consumer feedstocks, mechanical and chemical recycling technologies, recycled cotton, polyester, and manmade cellulosic fibers, and several finished product categories.
These serve as a starting point for Trial Partner collaboration within the project that will generate multiple circular textile products at mass retail scale. Brand and retail partners have the option to buy-in at several stages in the process to maximize the potential for the circular fibers to be plugged into existing commercial supply chains. Several major brands and supply chain partners – including those on Accelerating Circularity’s US Steering Committee -- have already opted into the project.