H&M and Adidas are among the newest members to join the New Cotton Project global consortium, which is striving to establish a circular economy for fashion textiles. These two industry giants will be producing clothing from cellulose carbamate fibers, which are fibers that have been recycled from textile, cardboard, and other waste with a high cellulose content. These fibers will be provided by Infinited Fiber, another consortium collaborator, and will be spun, dyed, knitted, and weaved into yarns and fabrics. These fabrics will then go on to be sewn into H&M’s and Adidas’s commercial fashion products. Continue reading “H&M and Adidas join forces towards circularity in fashion textiles”
The World Meteorological Organization has reported that global temperatures are predicted to rise 3-5 degrees Celsius by the year 2100. This far surpasses the maximum limit of a 2°C rise in temperature that absolutely must be avoided in order to prevent the worst effects of climate change, such as devastating droughts, severe storms, uncontrollable fires, rising sea levels, and the loss of many plant and animal species. In 2015, the Paris Agreement was signed by 174 countries, who on that day pledged to strive to limit the rise to 2°C – nonetheless, the mechanisms currently in place by these countries are simply not enough to meet this target. Circular economy strategies, however, are hardly included in these countries’ plans, yet show huge potential for keeping the global temperature below the limit.
In the Netherlands alone, 81 metric tons of construction waste is generated every year – nevertheless, the country has managed an applaudable 80% recycling rate on their construction and demolition waste. In fact, the construction industry in Europe and the Netherlands is steadily heading towards more sustainable development practices. And hence the opportunities for material vendors with a circular business strategy arise.