CISUTAC, whose name stays for Circular and Sustainable Textiles and Clothing, is a new Horizon Europe project, co-funded by the European Union. This consortium includes global textile and fashion companies like Decathlon, Lenzing and Södra, civil organization and EU research organisations and created to support the transition to a circular and more sustainable textile sector.





The project led by Centexbel, the Belgian research center for textiles and plastics, started operations on 1 September 2022 and will last for 48 months. It receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation program and was created with the aim of raising awareness among European citizens about the environmental impact of buying new clothes and the benefits of reusing, donating and shopping second hand textiles.






Thanks to the stores, e-commerce platforms and social media networks of partners, CISUTAC expects to reach and involve around two million people in its activities. 



 

The production and consumption of textile products continue to grow, together with their impact on the environment, due to a lack of reuse, repair and recycling of materials. Quality, durability, and recyclability are often not being set as priorities in the design and manufacturing of clothing. CISUTAC aims to remove current bottlenecks in order to increase textile circularity in Europe. The objective is to minimise the sector’s total environmental impact by developing sustainable, novel, and inclusive large-scale European value chains. 




The project will cover most parts of the textile sector by working on two material groups representing almost 90% of all textile fiber materials like polyester, cotton and other cellulosic fibers, and focusing on products from three sub-sectors experiencing varying circularity bottlenecks including fashion garments, sports and outdoor goods, and workwear. 



CISUTAC will follow a holistic approach and will perform three pilot projects to demonstrate the feasibility and value of repairing and disassembling, sorting for reuse and recycling, and the circularity projects focused on garments through fiber-to-fiber recycling and design for circularity.



To realise these pilots, the consortium partners will develop semi-automated workstations, analyse the infrastructure and material flows, digitally enhance sorting operations for reuse and recycling, and raise awareness among the consumers and the textile industry.




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