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Sorting for Circularity India: Pre-Consumer Pilot Learnings




FASHION FOR GOOD is the global platform for innovation. Fashion for Good unites the entire fashion ecosystem, from brands, manufacturers and suppliers, to consumers, to collaborate and drive the change towards a circular industry.

At the core of Fashion for Good is its Innovation Programme. The Innovation Programme supports disruptive innovators on their journey to scale, providing hands-on project management, access to funding and a robust ecosystem of mentors and experts. Fashion for Good also initiates Foundational Projects, consortium projects that bring innovators, brands, manufacturers and funders together to validate technologies and processes, to accelerate supply chain implementation. The Good Fashion Fund catalyses access to finance for manufacturers in India, Bangladesh and Vietnam to shift at scale to more sustainable production processes.

Fashion for Good’s programmes are supported by founding partner Laudes Foundation, co-founder William McDonough and corporate partners adidas, BESTSELLER, Burberry, C&A, CHANEL, Inditex, Kering, Levi Strauss & Co., Otto Group, Patagonia, PVH Corp., Reformation, Richemont, Stella McCartney, Target and Zalando, and affiliate and regional partners Arvind Limited, Birla Cellulose, Norrøna, Pangaia, Paradise Textiles, Teijin Frontier, Vivobarefoot, Welspun and W. L. Gore & Associates.

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REVERSE RESOURCES is an impact driven company with a fundamental mission to reduce the industry’s dependency on our planet’s finite natural resources. RR’s software-as-a-service platform enables mapping, digital steering and tracing circular textile flows. Established over eight years ago, RR has been intently focusing on investigating market barriers and best use cases of textile waste streams. Having done extensive research and on-ground work (across Europe, Asia and parts of North Africa), RR has a demonstrated core competency in establishing textile waste feedstock routes for existing and emerging textile recycling companies. Till date RR has mapped waste across 20 countries for large fashion brands and organisations such as United Nations Industrial Development Organisation, Global Fashion Agenda, Accelerating Circularity, and now Fashion for Good.

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The Sorting for Circularity India project was set up to organise the Indian textile waste market in a three phase approach so as to streamline, strengthen and foster the Indian waste market to drive the transition to a more circular economy that recaptures value to its maximum potential. The three phases of this approach aim to a) address the data gaps in textile waste supply chain; b) identify and pilot technologies which can organise the industry; c) build a roadmap to scale such technologies. This approach was designed to facilitate access to post- and pre-consumer feedstock that meets the quality requirements of advanced recycling technologies, giving these technologies an incentive to scale in India. Through this consortium project Fashion for Good aims to leverage the existing infrastructure of the Indian waste management industry and enable the scaling of sorting, mapping and recycling innovations to address the critical supply chain gaps.

The project was kicked off with understanding the landscape of textile waste in India and continues with validation of technology use in developing the pre-consumer and post consumer textile waste supply chain. This document presents the learnings from the pre-consumer waste pilot.