Building on the success of its work in researching, mapping, modeling, and linking circular textile-to-textile systems in the United States, Accelerating Circularity is launching a new project in Europe.
In January of this year, with an investment of $1.2 million, the Walmart Foundation tested the company’s notification using waste textiles produced on the east coast of the United States.
Founder and president of Accelerating Circularity Karla Magruder said, “We think of successful projects as those that can be repeated and scaled to maximize their impression.”
“The launch of Accelerating Circularity Europe exemplifies this approach and advances our goal of enabling the industry to achieve a scaled, global, circular textile system, “also said.
Working groups are now being set up with the European founding partners to develop new systems for garment take-back programs and circular product specifications. Retail, circular supply chain, and textile recycling and include DuPont Biomaterials, the European Outdoor Group, GIZ, Gr3n, Inditex, Lenzing, Recover, Recyclatex Group, Reverse Resources, Texaid, and Zalando are the founding partners of Accelerating Circularity Europe. They will represent the Accelerating Circularity globally.
“We are excited to join the ACPE steering committee to advance the industry in the ‘end of life’ product stage,” said Laura Coppen, head of circularity at Zalando.
“With our reach as a platform, we can contribute to scaling circular textile systems and move away from linear to circular business practices. To do that we need to collaborate across the industry to scale solutions quickly, and we believe this project does just that.”
“Our circularity strategy aims to integrate the principles of circularity into our business with our brand partners and for our customers. We aim to ensure that products don’t end up in landfills or are incinerated and we see this project as a great way to learn and build better systems in the long term,” she added.
The steering committee will set the strategy and convene a Brand and Retailer Working Group for the development of take-back programs and circular product specifications.
With that Select collectors, recyclers, and preprocessors will comprise a Spent Textile Working Group to address challenges in collection, sorting, and feedstock preparation.
As in the USA, The European project will unfold in phases – research and mapping, followed by modeling and linking, and then trials and evaluation.
On the other hand, there are multiple ways to participate in the project – NGOs can become collaborating organizations and companies can join the technical working groups. Also, become system partners once the project launches the trial phase.