At present, most end-of-life (industrial) textiles still disappear into the incinerator along with residual waste. The rest is disposed outside the EU or recycled to a limited extent in our country and in neighbouring countries. It is both an ecological and economic loss to simply burn these valuable raw materials or let them leave Europe. It is also difficult to control what happens to these materials outside the EU.
The Belgian fashion federation Creamoda wants to take a proactive approach and set up a national collection system together with the Federation of Belgian Textile Care (FBT), the Federation of Belgian Textile, Wood and Furniture Producers (Fedustria) and the Federation of the Belgian Waste and Recycling Sector (Denuo) to selectively collect the released textile flows in Belgium, sort them for local reuse and recycle them into new fibres if possible.
Concretely, with this project we want to first conduct research on the quantities and composition of the produced and end-of-life textiles in Belgium, as well as on the existing recycling technologies and standards, in order to then look for possible collection and processing scenarios for our collection concept.
The aim is for this project to culminate in the creation of a management organisation for end-of-life textiles, in the form of a non-profit association.
Partners Federatie van de Belgische textielverzorging vzw, Fedustria vzw, Federatie van de Belgische recuperatie van textiel vzw, Recydata vzw
With the Circletex project, we have succeeded in developing the three main activities of the future non-profit Circletex organisation, namely a reporting and monitoring system for end-of-life business textiles, a uniform and reliable certification system for Recycled Content in business textiles and the facilitation of cooperation on circularity within the chain.
The non-profit Circletex is currently officially 'in formation'. We will initially start up the system with our own resources, but a UPV and/or take-back obligation will ensure its long-term existence. Once the collection of the first textile flow is functioning optimally, we want to expand the system step by step to all other textile flows.