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Fashion for good maps Indian cotton textile waste

Fashion for Good has published a toolkit designed to help companies use textile waste in India based on insights from Sorting for Circularity India, a Levi’s and Arvind-backed project launched in 2021.

Fashion for Good is a global initiative that aims to transform the fashion industry into a force for good. It was launched in March 2017 in Amsterdam, Netherlands, with the goal of bringing together stakeholders from across the fashion ecosystem to drive positive change. The initiative focuses on various aspects of the fashion industry, including sustainability, innovation, and social impact.

Fashion for Good operates an Innovation Platform that supports and scales innovative technologies and business models in the fashion industry. The platform provides a space for startups, established brands, and other stakeholders to collaborate on developing and implementing sustainable solutions.

It analyzed the Indian textile waste market in a three-phase approach to streamline, strengthen and foster the Indian textile waste market to drive the transition to a more circular economy. Besides Levi’s and Arvind, the project brought together industry players including PVH Corp, Target, Birla Cellulose and Welspun India, as well as Fashion for Good innovators Reverse Resources, PICVISA and Matoha. H&M, Primark, and TESCO also joined as external partners.

Fashion for Good’s Wealth in Waste report, every year, reported that 1,720 KTons of 100 percent cotton post-consumer domestic (PCD) textile waste remains unused in India due to the lack of proper collection and sorting systems. With the upcoming legislation on textile waste management, the value of post-consumer waste is expected to rise, making it crucial for India to focus on PCD waste and develop the necessary infrastructure for collection, sorting and pre-processing.

An official of Fashion for Good called Sorting for Circularity India toolkit is a milestone in the journey towards a waste-free world. The kit has mapped the textile waste landscape, unpacking the huge potential, as well as the roadblocks and commercial opportunities in India’s textile waste industry.

Celebrating the closure of the Sorting for Circularity India Project, a conference in New Delhi on December 1 and 2, hosted in collaboration with Laudes Foundation, IDH, Canopy and Reverse Resources, will focus on developing a roadmap to circularity. The event marks the launch of “Re-START”, a textile recovery alliance aiming to position India as a solutions hub.

The Fashion for Good initiative promotes the adoption of circular practices in the apparel industry. This involves designing products with longevity, recycling materials, and reducing waste. Fashion for Good works to create a Circular Apparel Community that brings together brands, manufacturers, and innovators to drive the circular economy in fashion.

Fashion for Good serves as a catalyst for change in the fashion industry, encouraging collaboration, innovation, and responsible business practices. By bringing together different stakeholders, from fashion brands to technology innovators, the initiative aims to create a positive impact on the industry’s environmental and social footprint.

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