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System Circularity and Innovative Recycling of Textiles

Objective

Given its resource intensity, the European Commission has identified the textiles sector as a priority for the Circular Economy. An important measure is the mandatory separate collection of discarded textiles as of 2025. Finding suitable outlets for these increasing volumes of collected textiles is a challenge. Currently its non-reusable fraction is mostly downcycled or incinerated, less than 1% of textile waste is recycled into new textile fibres. In the meantime, clothing brands set ambitious targets for the use of recycled fibres in their products. Unfortunately their quality and the price tag of current recycling processes are not aligned with market needs/demand. SCIRT aims to support systemic innovation towards a more circular fashion system and bridge this supply-demand gap. Starting from the demand side needs, SCIRT demonstrates an entire textile-to-textile recycling system for post-consumer textiles, focusing on the recycling of natural and synthetic fibres, as well as fibre blends. All relevant players along the value chain are involved, from collector to retailer. By focusing on the recycling of textiles often downcycled today, value retention is improved throughout the value chain. Not only will the business case for individual actors be validated, the overall system implications will be quantified from a financial, environmental and social life-cycle perspective. Besides the technological innovations required, SCIRT addresses enabling conditions and supporting measures facilitating the transition towards a circular system for apparel. A True Cost Model will be developed and an eco-modulated EPR system will be set up, aiming at increased value chain transparency. Special attention is given to the consumer perspective. A consumer behavioural flow intervention will be developed to impact their decision making on the purchase and disposal of textiles. Throughout the project, stakeholder involvement and validation is guaranteed via an advisory board.

Call for proposal

H2020-SC5-2020-2
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Coordinator

VLAAMSE INSTELLING VOOR TECHNOLOGISCH ONDERZOEK N.V.
Address
Boeretang 200
2400 Mol
Belgium
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 385 062,50

Participants (17)

ALTEX TEXTIL - RECYCLING GMBH & CO.KG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 38 500
Address
Gronauer Strasse 105
48599 Gronau
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AVS SPINNING
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 150 468,50
Address
Barriere De Fer 42
8587 Spiere-helkijn
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FABRIMODE NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 141 268,75
Address
Theo Nuyttenslaan 5
8540 Deerlijk
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITAET FUER BODENKULTUR WIEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 354 317,50
Address
Gregor Mendel Strasse 33
1180 Wien
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ASSOCIATION CETI (CENTRE EUROPEEN DES TEXTILES INNOVANTS)
France
EU contribution
€ 1 463 380
Address
41 Rue Des Metissages
59200 Tourcoing
Activity type
Research Organisations
CIRCULAR.FASHION UG (HAFTUNGSBESCHRANKT)
Germany
EU contribution
€ 323 540
Address
Skalitzer Strasse 97
10997 Berlin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
DECATHLON
France
EU contribution
€ 222 512,50
Address
Boulevard De Mons 4
59650 Villeneuve D Ascq
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ECOLE SUPERIEURE DES TECHNOLOGIES INDUSTRIELLES AVANCEES
France
EU contribution
€ 552 562,50
Address
Allee Fauste D Elhuyar 90
64210 Bidart
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FFACT MANAGEMENT CONSULTANTS BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 106 181,25
Address
Het Slot 9
2622KH Delft
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FLANDERS DISTRICT OF CREATIVITY VZW
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 186 250
Address
Diestsevest 76
3000 Leuven
Activity type
Other
CIRCULAR TEXTILES
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 114 887,50
Address
Motstraat 54
2800 Mechelen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
PETIT BATEAU
France
EU contribution
€ 253 330
Address
15 Rue Du Lieutenant Pierre Murard
10000 Troyes
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
PROSPEX INSTITUTE
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 498 243,75
Address
Victor Oudartstraat 7
1030 Brussel
Activity type
Other
INSTITUT DE L'INNOVATION DURABLE -SUSTAINABLE INNOVATION INSTITUTE
France
EU contribution
€ 326 250
Address
14 Rue Andre Del Sarte
75018 Paris
Activity type
Other
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET WIEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 394 850
Address
Karlsplatz 13
1040 Wien
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
VALVAN BALING SYSTEMS
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 1 269 139,38
Address
Krommebeekstraat 14
8930 Menen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
XANDRES
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 215 799,85
Address
Nijverheidsstraat 20
9070 Destelbergen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)