Is clothing close to a closed loop future?
Retailers and brands are increasingly looking at the idea of closing the loop in the apparel supply chain. Taking a garment back to its original fibre form and then using this to create something new is seen as a way for firms to become more sustainable. But what is the future for closed loop?
Retailers and brands are increasingly looking at the idea of closing the loop in the apparel supply chain. Taking a garment back to its original fibre form and then using this to create something new is seen as a way for firms to become more sustainable. With Puma this week becoming the latest to launch a recyclable clothing range, Petah Marian asks: "What is the future for closed loop?"
Puma has launched its first closed-loop collection of footwear, apparel and accessories called InCycle, all of which are either entirely biodegradable or recyclable.
Fashion retailer H&M Hennes & Mauritz is set to launch a clothing recycling scheme which will encourage consumers to hand in used garments at H&M stores worldwide to be reused or recycled.
Marks & Spencer has launched the first garment made through the closed-loop production process from recycled clothes donated by customers through its ‘Shwopping’ scheme.
Fibre business Teijin is joining forces with China-based environmental management multinational Jinggong Holding Group to build a new polyester recycling facility in Zhejiang Province.
Marks & Spencer chief executive Marc Bolland has urged businesses to put consumers at the centre of their sustainability strategies.
Marks & Spencer expects radio frequency identification (RFID) technology to play an increasingly important role in the clothing recycling process as it moves towards a closed loop garment supply chain.
Retailer Marks & Spencer today (26 April) launched a clothing recycling scheme called "Shwopping, which encourages customers to donate an unwanted piece of clothing when they buy a new one.
Japanese fibre maker Teijin Limited is aiming to grow its presence in China through a tie-up with the China Chemical Fibers Association (CCFA) - an agreement that is already poised to set up a closed-loop system for recycling polyester.
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