The challenges of textile waste management in India when turning fashion circular

Reverse Resources had an opportunity to participate in a panel discussion at CAIF Conclave on November 6th 2020 in a discussion about the textile waste management challenges in India. It's interesting to understand how the challenges and market barriers are somewhat different compared to Bangladesh where RR has worked most in. Yet, the solution may be rather similar - building transparent supply chains with support from digital tools and enabling large-scale collaboration with win-win benefits.
Great thanks to Intellecap to put together such a great illustration of the problem. Looking forward to run a pilot in India to demonstrate RR solution to the full extent!
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How to get accurate data about fashion industry impacts?

An article by Alden Wicker on Vox discussed the misinformation problem of fashion industry and how it's bad for the environment. The data we have is wrong, missing or misleading, and it seems we can't make it better. At Reverse Resources we've seen close-up how lack of good data leads to a series of problems. However, the solution may be different from what you'd intuitively think in the first place.
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Bangladesh is getting interested in high-end recycling of its textile waste, transparently

With 400 000 tonnes of production waste available in Bangladesh per year, there is currently almost no recycling industry to use that waste again for high-quality yarn and fabric production. RR has been suggesting strategic steps to move ahead in mapping out the waste and making it appealing for new recycling technologies to see BD as their target market for further investments. It all starts by collaboration and networking around closing the loop and testing out technologies.
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Mapping textile waste from garment production in Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt

Inditex, Benetton, Nudie Jeans, Hugo Boss and PVH are just some of the partners in the project launched by UNIDO (UN Industrial Development Organisation) in November 2019. The project Reverse Resources has been selected for, is to carry out a mapping exercise of the textile waste value chain (post-industrial & pre-consume) from 300 factories in Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt.  The aim is scale up the transition towards a green and circular economy in the region by getting a better understanding of the amounts and types of waste .

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