Reuse – The Resource for Recycling Driving Circularity in the Waste Hierarchy
The recent LCA-based assessment of the management of European used textiles, commissioned by EuRIC Textiles has shown that reusing textiles in a global second hand market place is up to 70 times more environmentally beneficial compared to new clothing. Also, the LCA assessment clearly showed the advantages the reuse of textiles has for the climate.
Yet, the industry is under attack of environmentalists publishing damaging reports and images on the dumping of textile waste in developing countries. What are the reasons behind this and is there a way to optimize the environmental benefits of reuse without harm?
Also, when conditions for optimal global reuse are met, what happens after the reuse and how do we recover this feedstock for recycling? Questions pondering the minds of many people. Boer Group is always innovating and not afraid to walk the unknown track. We are very happy to share our thoughts with you at the Circular Textile Days 2023.