University of Cambridge to identify policy pathways for the transition to closed loop synthetic fibre recycling
The University of Cambridge (UK) is running a sector-wide workshop "Speeding up the Transition to Closed Loop Synthetic Fibre Recycling by 2030". It will help industry experts and policy makers co-create strategic policy solutions on how to speed up the transition away from the use of virgin and non-closed loop sources of synthetics towards a full closed loop textile recycling system across the European Union.
The workshop theme was developed in response to the revised EU Waste Framework Directive and the EU Strategy on Sustainable and Circular Textiles.
“The industry has been exploring technological solutions for moving away from virgin synthetic sources, but options including bioplastics and closed-loop textile recycling are not yet commercial or have yet to scale up”, explained research lead Dr Nazia Habib. “To successfully integrate these technological solutions into the supply chain, we need the right policies and interventions to manage the sector's transition process so that the costs are fairly treated. This is the missing piece we will explore with industry and regulators.”
Using an innovative systems dynamic methodology, the workshop will leverage the collective experience and knowledge of the participants to co-create policies, identify (new) resources and manage unintended impacts of the transition to closed-loop synthetic fibre recycling across Europe. It is this type of collaboration between industry leaders and regulations that is the key to speeding up this transition.
The workshop on "Speeding up the Transition to Closed Loop Synthetic Fibre Recycling by 2030" will be held via Zoom from 11:00 to 15:00 (London time) on Tuesday 28 February 2023. A 1-hour report-back session will be held via Zoom on 9 March at 11:00 (London time).
The workshop organisers are currently looking for participants in the following areas, who produce for EU textile supply chains, particularly in Asian source countries:
• Fashion investors
• Fibre and yarn manufacturers using recycled and virgin polyester feedstock
• Fabric, dyeing and finishing manufacturers of polyester materials
• EU brands: sustainability directors, buyers and sourcing strategists.