Leading fashion brands to reuse textile waste

Staff Correspondent

12 February, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Over 30 renowned fashion brands, manufacturers and recyclers are collaborating in a new initiative to capture and reuse textile waste in Bangladesh.

Global Fashion Agenda on Thursday announced the participants of the Circular Fashion Partnership.

The Circular Fashion Partnership is a cross-sectoral project led by Global Fashion Agenda, with partners Reverse Resources, The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) and P4G, that aims to achieve a long-term, scalable transition to a circular fashion system, said a BGMEA press release.

The partnership facilitates circular commercial collaborations between major fashion brands, textile and garment manufacturers, and recyclers to develop and implement new systems to capture and direct post-production fashion waste back into the production of new fashion products.

Participating brands, garment manufacturers and recyclers include

Participating brands are Bershka, Bestseller, C&A, Gina Tricot, Grey State, H&M Group, Kmart Australia, Marks & Spencer, OVS, Pull & Bear, Peak Performance and Target Australia.

Amantex, Asrotex Group, Auko-tex Group, Aurum Sweaters,Beximco, Bitopi Group (Tarasima), Composite Knitting Industry Ltd., Crystal International Group Limited, Echotex, , Fakir Knitwear, GSM, J.M. Fabrics, Knit Asia, MAS Intimates, Ratul Group (Knitwear & Fabric), Salek Textiles,  S. B Knite Composite (Sankura Dyeing and Garments) and the Northern Group are in the manufacturers group.

And Birla Cellulose, BlockTexx, Cyclo, Infinited Fiber Company,Malek Spinning Mills, Marchi & Fildi Spa, Lenzing AG, Recovertex, Renewcell, Saraz Fibre Tech, Usha Yarns Limited and Worn AgainTechnologies have joined the effort as recyclers.

Through collaboration among the participants, the partnership aims to build a successful business model for adopting more circular processes.

It plans to facilitate a decrease in textile waste and increase the use of recycled fibres, distributing value throughout the fashion value cycle and generating economic benefits in Bangladesh by accelerating the recycled fiber market.

The initiative is focusing on Bangladesh as it arguably possesses the most in-demand and recyclable waste of any garment producing country, but the majority of its waste is currently being exported or down-cycled.

There is a substantial opportunity to make it a leader in circularity by scaling the recycling capacity in the country and generating more value from these waste streams.