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Planning a Swedish Collection and Sorting Plant for Used Textiles

Herausgeber*in: The Swedisch School of Textiles, Science Park Boras, re:textile

Autor*in: Jan Carlsson, Håkan Torstensson Rudrajeet Pal Manoj K. Paras

Schlagwörter: Altkleider, Europa, Lebenszyklus, Kreislaufwirtschaft, Marktentwicklung, Nachhaltigkeit, Recycling, Secondhand, Sortieren, Strategien


In recent years the increased awareness of the need for conservation of resources and environmental sustainability has brought a focus on the potential for a circular economy in textiles and fashion. Commissioned by the Region of Västra Götaland, a number of investigations were carried out during 2015-2019, related to redesign, reuse and recycling of textile materials and products, at the Swedish School of Textiles and Science Park Borås.

The objectives of the reports, where feasibility is a keyword, is to develop structures for circular processes in the textile industry, in order to create new business opportunities and use less planetary resources. The focus is to design for longevity, through conditional design, redesign and remanufacturing and service innovation, and to ensure that the resulting circular processes are technically, organizationally, and economically feasible.

In the first report, the feasibility of collection and sorting of used textiles is assessed. The assessment was based on a model for the different flow directions in collection and sorting – collection by charity organizations, stores, municipalities etc. or directly from users, and sorting into export channels, second-hand stores, recycling and redesign facilities or even destruction by incineration. It was evident that realistic conditions, at that time (2015) at least, did not permit a profitable, fully commercial sorting facility. There was a need for further value-adding features, which must be developed in order to ensure the feasibility of such a centralized facility.

Erscheinungsjahr: 2019

Sprache: Englisch

Umfang: 36 Seiten

Zielgruppe: Studierende, Dozierende

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