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Wealth in Waste: India’s Potential to Bring Textile Waste Back Into The Supply Chain




Sattva Consulting

Aarti Mohan, Nidhi Bali, Palagati Lekhya Reddy, Mansha Balecha, Manasvita Dubey, Anushka Sureka


Fashion for Good

Priyanka Khanna, Khushbu Maheshwari




Reverse Resources

Nin Castle, Harshitha Venati, Maxime Bourland, Ranjit Sasi


Saahas Zero Waste

Wilma Rodrigues, Astha Khubele, Priyanka Jariwala




We would like to extend our thanks to more than 700 stakeholders in the Indian textile waste ecosystem, consisting of manufacturers, brands, recyclers, waste handlers, sorters and other industry stakeholders who have helped us to develop this report. Their patient input has allowed us to dive into and explore the landscape of textile waste in India and substantiate our findings with detailed insights. We would also like to acknowledge the efforts of the data collectors in gathering the information and observations from the field. Our hope is that this report will (re)capture the value of textile waste while driving circularity in the Indian textile industry and further enhance innovation partnerships between different stakeholders in this space.

The authors would also like to thank the following industry experts, who gave their time and contributed their expertise to this report: Lakshmi Poti and Karan Kumar (Laudes Foundation), Vincent Delalandre and Tejas Sampat (PVH Corp.), Drishti Masand and Avanish Dwivedi (adidas), Liz Lipton-McCombie, Anuja Ojha, Venkatraman Raman (Levi Strauss & Co.), Heather Canon and Manisha Pattanayak (Target), Carmen Chan and Sirajudeen Ali (TESCO), Nicole Morarescu and Adarsh Immanuel (Primark), Abhishek Bansal and Snehit Kumar Rahul (Arvind Limited), Surya Valluri and Vivek Khare (Birla Cellulose), Rajender Sharma and Animesh Laha (Welspun India), Valerie Langer (Canopy Planet), Traci Kinden (Revolve Waste), Hilde Van Duijn (Circle Economy), Dr. Siva Rama Kumar Pariti (Sustainable Textile Solution), Stefanie Bauer and Vaibhav Rathi (GIZ, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit), Holly Syrett (Global Fashion Agenda), Anurag Gupta (Usha Yarns), Martin Stenfors (Renewcell), Steven Bethell (Bank & Vogue), Gigi Mathews and Tanushri Shukla (Enviu).

The authors also wish to thank Prachi Chauhan Kanwar for her work on the design and layout of this report, along with Earl Singh, Lana Miller, Brittany Burns and Camilla Rama for their editing assistance.




This report has been produced by a joint team from Fashion for Good, Sattva Consulting, Reverse Resources and Saahas Zero Waste. The authors take full responsibility for the contents and conclusions. The participation of the industry experts and affiliates who were consulted and acknowledged here, does not necessarily imply endorsement of the report’s contents or conclusions. To quote this report, please use the following reference: Fashion for Good, Sattva Consulting, Reverse Resources and Saahas Zero Waste, Wealth in Waste: India’s potential to bring textile waste back into the supply chain, July 2022. Use of the report’s figures, tables or diagrams, must fully credit the respective copyright owner where indicated. Reproduction must be in original form with no adaptions or derivatives. For use of any images in the report please contact the respective copyright holders directly for permission.

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