Circulating
Textile Waste
Into Value
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About the Initiative
The European textile and clothing industry is a strategic pillar of the European economy, counting 140.000 companies and employing 1.300.000 people, it has a turnover of €147 billion and exports amount to €58 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 the challenge to compulsory separate the collection of textile waste. As it stands, there is no large scale plan across Europe to reuse and recycle the current 7.5 million tons of textile waste.

EURATEX is working on 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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Governance:
Textile a Key Value Chain
A joint initiative for industrial upcycling of textile waste streams & circular materials
The ReHubs Task Force (TF) gathers national textile and apparel associations and focuses on the general strategy
The Business Council (BC) gathers companies committed to invest in the ReHubs initiative and finance the Technical Economic Master Study
The Stakeholder Forum (SF) gathers interested stakeholders, who wish to use or contribute to the ReHubs initiative
OBJECTIVES
The goal of ReHubs is to set up an integrated system based on recycling hubs in Europe to upcycle textile waste & industrially scale up the collecting, sorting, processing and recycling of pre-consumer and postconsumer materials
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WHY
Textile a Key Chain Value
7.5
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million tons of textile waste in EU in 2022 (estimate)
30-35%
30-35%
30-35%
30-35%
of textile waste is collected in Europe
4.5
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4.5
Million tons discarded textiles collected by 2030 (estimate)
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 textile waste
Digital market place
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 initiative
Looking at solutions, markets, investment needs, ReHubs connections
TES to serve as a model for further studies