Weekly Industry Insights from Roberts Recycling Ltd

Welcome back to our weekly blog, where we bring you the latest news and developments in the world of sustainability and circularity. This week, we have some exciting announcements and important updates that highlight the ongoing efforts to make the fashion and textile industry more sustainable.

G-Star RAW’s ‘Homegrown Denim’ Project

G-Star RAW, in collaboration with Wageningen University & Research and Dutch Cotton, has launched the innovative ‘Homegrown Denim’ project. This initiative explores the potential of greenhouse-grown cotton to significantly reduce the environmental impact of cotton production. By optimising locally grown cotton and reducing water usage and harmful pesticides, this project aims to create a more sustainable future for the textile industry.

The Return of The Restory Founders: Introducing Circulo

Exciting news for those who remember The Restory! The founders, Vanessa Jacobs and Emily Rae, who stepped down in 2023, have reunited to launch Circulo. This new tech company is dedicated to advancing repair practices in the consumer products industry through innovative software solutions. Circulo aims to revolutionise how repairs are managed, promoting sustainability and efficiency.

Vestiaire Collective and Mytheresa Partnership

In a bid to drive sustainability and foster a circular fashion economy, Vestiaire Collective has partnered with Mytheresa. This collaboration enables Mytheresa customers to seamlessly sell their pre-loved luxury items and receive instant store credit. This initiative not only promotes the reuse of luxury goods but also enhances the overall customer experience.

European Council Adopts EcoDesign Regulation

In a significant policy development, the European Council has adopted the EcoDesign Regulation. This regulation mandates that all products sold in the EU must be designed to be easier to repair, reuse, and recycle. Additionally, the regulation includes a direct ban on the destruction of unsold textiles and footwear. These measures support circularity and improve the environmental sustainability and transparency of products in the EU market.

PFAS Contamination in Dhaka’s Water Sources

PFAS, known as ‘forever chemicals’ due to their persistence in the environment, have been found in high levels in water sources near textile mills in Dhaka, Bangladesh. These chemicals pose serious health risks to both animals and humans, highlighting the need for stricter regulations and cleaner production processes.

India’s Record Temperatures Impacting Textile Industry

India, one of the world’s largest textile exporters and cotton producers, has been experiencing record-breaking temperatures, with some areas exceeding 50°C. In Delhi, home to over 29 million people, the extreme heat has led to water shortages, making it challenging to work and live. This situation underscores the urgent need for sustainable practices and climate action within the industry.

At Roberts Recycling Ltd, we are committed to supporting and promoting sustainable practices within the industry. Stay tuned for more updates and insights as we continue to navigate the path towards a more circular and environmentally friendly future.

Special thanks to Enkel and Lydia Brearley for digesting these stories for us.

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