Circulating
Textile Waste
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About the Initaitive
The European textile and clothing industry is a strategic pillar of the European economy: counting 160.000 companies and employing 1.500.000 people, it has a turnover of €162 billion and exports amount to €61 billion. To remain competitive and an essential ecosystem in Europe, the industry is undergoing a deep transformation towards circularity and sustainability.

By the end of 2024, Europe will face a challenge arising from the EU Waste Framework Directive: the mandatory separate collection of textile waste. As it stands, there is no large scale plan across Europe to reuse and recycle up to 5 Mln. tons of textile waste.

EURATEX has launched the Recycling Hubs (ReHubs) initiative, to upcycle textile waste and scale up industrially the collecting, sorting, processing and recycling of pre-consumer & postconsumer materials across Europe.
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Gorvernance:
Textile a Key Value Chain
A joint initiative for industrial upcycling of textile waste streams & circular materials
A ReHubs Task Force (TF) which gathers the national textiles and apparel associations, and focuses on the general strategy of the dossier.
A Business Council (BC) which gathers companies that are committed to invest in the ReHubs initiative, and finance the Technical Economic Study.
A Stakeholder Forum (SF) which gathers interested stakeholders, who wish to use or contribute to the ReHubs initiative.
OBJECTIVES
Our main goal is to set up an integrated system based on recycling hubs within Europe. To upcycle textile waste & scale up industrially the collecting, sorting, processing and recycling of pre-consumer and postconsumer materials
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WHY
Textile a Key Chain Value
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Million tons of textile waste in EU
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Million tons discarted textiles collected in EU
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Million tons discarted textiles collected by 2030
WHAT
Different textile waste Streams
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Industrial
Fibre, Filament, Yarn, Woven, Textile Surface (Woven, Knitted, Nonwoven, Braided, etc.)
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Pre-Consumer
Garments, hometextiles (incl. carpets), technical textiles, nonwoven
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Post-Consumer
Garments, hometextiles (incl. carpets), technical textiles, nonwoven
WHAT
Expected Benefits of the Rehubs
Recycling at industrial level
Quality secondary raw materials
Cost reduction
Circular design
Setting a global example of valuing textil waste
Digital market place
Creation of Know-How platform
Creation of Know-How platform
Guide SMEs to circularity
Green deal targets
WHAT´S NEXT
Result for a Techno Economic master study(TES)
Define the technical feasibility and financial viability of the ReHubs with a master study (TES)
Looking at solutions, markets, investment needs, ReHubs connections
TES to serve as a model for further studies