Polyester is estimated to count for 52% of the global fiber market and represents a huge environmental problem as this petroleum-base fiber is not biodegradable. According to Fashion For Good, an Amsterdam-based platform encouraging environmentally friendly practices in fashion, chemical recycling could be a solution to manage the volumes of polyester textile waste that is produced every year.
Also on board are the Laudes Foundation and C&A, Adidas, Bestseller, PVH, Target, Zalando, together with Arvind Limited, the fabrics' division of W. L. Gore & Associates, and Teijin Frontier Europe, which recently joined Fashion for Good.
Fashion for Good has recruited promising chemical polyester recycling companies from around the world to join the project. These include CuRe Technology, Garbo, Gr3n and PerPETual, which will recycle polyester from textile waste over the course of 18 months for later use in fabric and apparel production. The results will be evaluated by participating brand and supply chain partners. Chemical processes could recycle virgin-quality textile waste and process a wider range of textile types, offering huge potential to close the loop, according to Fashion for Good.