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Circular textile systems trials launching in U.S.

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Accelerating Circularity will test commercial textile-to-textile supply systems in the United States, with trials beginning soon.

Accelerating Circularity Inc. announced the launch of the circular textile project, which is supported by a grant from the Walmart Foundation. Steering committee members include Target, Lenzing, Unifi, Gap Inc., VP, Fabrikology, Giotex and gr3n. They will also participate in the trails, which will unfold in phases over the course of two years.

Built on the models presented in the organisation’s March 2021 Modeling and Linking Report, the trials will move spent textiles through the entire circular system, from collection, sorting, feedstock pre-processing, fibre production, yarn spinning, and fabric production through product design, manufacture, marketing and retail. The trials will leverage new systems and technology for digital identification of products and materials – enabling the identification, transparency, and circular product passports in the circular economy.

Based on research and intensive consultation with industry stakeholders, the trials will target the following key systems:

Accelerating Circularity has already identified key collection strategies, including brand and retail take-back, plus potential system trial partners. “Connected product” innovator EON is also confirmed to participate in the trials to advise on building robust, scalable traceability and transparency infrastructure for this emerging circular system.

Companies that wish to be considered for participation in the trials, including logistics providers, collectors, sorters, preprocessors, recyclers, fiber producers, finished goods manufacturers, brands, retailers, traceability and assurance providers, testing labs, standards systems, and support services, should register

Source: Home Textiles Today

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