Supply chain strategy | Podcast

Microphone Tackling global textile waste and moving to circular supply chains

Chemical recycling that can develop textile sustainability

Speaking to Innovation Forum’s Tanya Richard, Cyndi Rhoades, CEO of Worn Again Technologies, outlines the process she and her colleagues are developing that can take in blended polyester and cotton textiles and recapture the raw materials – polyester and cellulose from the cotton – while separating out the dies and other components.

Rhoades argues that chemical recycling is the missing link that will allow the industry to go circular. The challenge of textiles waste is huge – only 1% of end-of-use textiles are recovered into the supply chain. It also is part of the plastics pollution debate – and Rhoades argues that a practical answer is to think more about how to re-use the materials that are already in the value chain, while also developing better product design and microfibre capture processes, for example.

Upcoming events See all

The Positive Impact Forum

Calendar icon London

Location icon 18th - 19th June 2019

Are biofuels sustainable?

Calendar icon Brussels

Location icon 25 June 2019

The Future of Plastics

Calendar icon Amsterdam

Location icon 30th - 31st October 2019

Sustainable Landscapes and Commodities Forum

Calendar icon London

Location icon 20th - 21st November 2019

Stay updated with the latest news, insights and updates

Join mailing list