BIR invites you to a special textiles event during its 2023 World Recycling Convention & Exhibition in Amsterdam!
BIR Circular Textiles Leadership Talk
“Reuse and recycling: at the beating heart of a circular textiles economy!
The global fashion industry ranks as high as fourth in terms of overall environmental impact, behind only housing, transport and food. Fashion companies place a staggering 100 to 150 billion new garments on the market every year, according to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, and is responsible for an estimated 8 to 10% of all global greenhouse gas emissions - more than the aviation and maritime industries combined, reckons the United Nations Climate What’s more, says the UK Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee, the fashion sector is to blame for around 20% of all global freshwater pollution incidents.
So the fashion industry has a problem, for which the recycling industry holds the solution. Without any doubt, a global circular textiles economy can be achieved only if reuse and recycling are at its beating heart.
Vital environmental role
Reuse of textile items massively reduces demand for new products. It has been calculated that buying or acquiring used items is 70 times better for the environment than purchasing new products. The recycling of textiles will also play a vital role in ensuring that the raw materials contained in a product are retained within a new circular economy and used in the manufacture of new, high-quality products while at the same time reducing greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental impacts.
New policies will require the fashion and textiles industries to become circular and more sustainable. But how will this be delivered? And what will be the nature and scale of the role played by the textiles reuse and recycling industry in achieving this?
Join us in Amsterdam on May 24 to hear from global fashion and textile supply chain experts as they explore not only the opportunities but also the barriers to be overcome by this vital part of the supply chain.
Among the topics to be covered
An evaluation of reuse and recycling bottlenecks on the journey to delivering a circular textiles economy, including
- Opportunities and barriers to upscaling chemical and mechanical recycling technologies;
- Improving sorting efficiencies through technology;
- New business models to develop further reuse and how these can re-shape existing structures.
The role of national governments and international intergovernmental organizations in driving change, covering
- Extended producer responsibility, product standards and specifications, tax incentivization;
- Benefits and consequences of laws to control flows of used textile products and waste.
Collaboration with fashion and textile producers
- Assessing what supply chain partners need to do to meet the requirements of forthcoming legislation, whether this is possible, and whether innovation is required in terms of funding and delivery to make this happen.
Unlike other sustainable/circular fashion and textiles events, the Circular Textiles Leadership Talk in Amsterdam will focus on how to deliver on these vital goals from the perspective of the reuse and recycling sector. It will be staged to coincide with the latest Convention of the Bureau of international Recycling (BIR), the global trade association for the recycling industry. Celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, BIR represents the interests not only of textiles recyclers but also of companies recycling a host of other commodities, including metals, paper and plastics.
As leaders within the fashion and textiles industry, we invite you to join us in Amsterdam - not only to participate in this special event addressing issues of supreme environmental and commercial importance, but also to meet global leaders from within the recycling industries.