The textile industry is increasingly confronted with concerns because its activities have a negative impact on the environment and it consumes a great deal of resources. In recent years, for example, the demand for textile fibres has increased enormously, especially in the fast fashion sector. The Ellen MacArthur Foundation estimates that fiber consumption will be between 130 and 145 million tons by 2025.
In order to meet these challenges, various stakeholders have begun to deal with the concept of the circular economy. This is guided by the idea of maintaining the value of textiles for as long as possible. Waste and resource consumption should be kept to a minimum and all resources returned to the economic cycle. A circular textile economy respects the planetary borders and protects the natural resources sustainably.
The Study Circular Economy in the Textile Sectoroutlines the conceptual implications for a circular textile sector, presents the status quo of implementing a circular textile industry at the EU level, assesses innovative recycling technologies and discusses challenges and potential solutions for the transformation to a circular textile sector.