According to Ellen Macarthur Foundation, each second, somewhere in the world, a truckload of textiles is emptied into landfill or incinerated.
As EU textile waste produced has reached now 5.8 million tons per year, for over 11 kilos per person, urgent solutions that turn waste into value are necessary.
For these reasons, always more fashion insiders and designers should get committed to build circularity into design, and retailers are likely to look toward regenerative and recycled textile options.
Circular Systems, a textile innovation company, joined forces with Fibre Trace, a global specialist in traceability solutions, to implement physical traceability technology into Texloop Rcot recycled cotton on a global scale. Texloop is a global textile recycling platform launched by Circular Systems in 2018.
Tracing recycled cotton is generally extremely difficult tracing its origins, which blends of materials it might contain, how they had been eventually mixed and similar aspects. This technology could offer a solution to help recognise and tracing the origin of the cotton used, as Texloop guarantees to offer a true low-impact fiber choice.
Texloop’s recycled cotton guarantees it uses up to 99% less water than conventional cotton (and completely mitigates land use), 54% less energy, and emits 20% less carbon, according to Circular Systems’ researched carried ahead in 2023.
Fibre Trace ensures information integrity via physical traceability markers suspended in the recycled fibers. The technology is used to securely collect, store and communicate key supply chain information. The traceability solution guarantees the fiber itself is traced and reduces chance of human error or fraud by waiving reliance on documentation or labelling.
The partnership between Circular Systems’ Texloop and Fibre Trace aims to provide a footing for retailers to move ahead of looming obligations for EU countries, as regulation across the industry calls for increased environmental accountability.
As the European Commission announced a principal strategy to improve the social and environmental impact of textile products on the EU market by 2030, more directives will be issued in order to incentivise the diversion of still-valuable textile resources from abundant waste streams.
Prioritisation of recycled materials not only reduces textile waste but allows viable material in waste streams to create further value, incentivising circularity and thus diminishing the industry’s reliance on volatile virgin fibers.
"Circular Systems is honored to be working in strategic partnership with Fibre Trace, which we see as the new industry standard technology for traceability. This partnership will enable traceability on all of our Texloop and Agraloop fiber products by 2024. Fibre Trace enables the Texloop platform to bring much needed traceability and transparency to the world of recycled cotton, and in doing so we will help to improve the authenticity, and quality of the global recycled cotton sector," said Isaac Nichelson, CEO, Circular Systems.