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Retailers unveil clothes recycling technology

Fashion retailer H&M, luxury goods group Kering and UK-based innovation start-up Worn Again have teamed up to create pioneering textile recycling technology.

The process separates individual fibres and dyes from old clothes. By converting the reclaimed raw materials into yarn, developing fabric and creating garments, the partners are hoping to demonstrate the technology’s commercial viability.

With yearly demand for polyester filament and cotton fibre at 65m tonnes and predicted to reach 90m tonnes by 2020, circular supply chains can reduce waste to landfills and curb demand for new resources. At present, only one fifth of the world's clothes are collected for reuse, with many ending up in landfill or incinerators.

“This can change the way fashion is made and massively reduce the need for extracting virgin resources from our planet,” says Anna Gedda, head of sustainability at H&M. “It brings us closer to our goal of creating fashion in a circular model.”

Sustainable supply chains boost revenues

A joint report by Accenture and the World Economic Forum has found that multinationals that implement and improve sustainable practices in their supply chains are achieving a “triple supply chain advantage”.

As detailed in “Beyond Supply Chains – Empowering Value Chains”, the triple supply...

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