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Towards a circular economy in textiles: RESYNTEX and the European Uniion
Department of Engineering, East Carolina University.
University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business. (Textile Management)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2015-6275
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The Technical University of Liberec.
2016 (English)In: Fibres and Textiles (Vlákna a textil), ISSN 1335-0617, Vol. 23, no 3, 15-21 p.Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Sustainable development
The content falls within the scope of Sustainable Development
Abstract [en]

Europe is at crossroads in terms of growth and living standards. The nexus between circulareconomy, RESYNTEX and textile provides direction and opportunity for seamless prosperity. The currentstrategy consisting of a linear economy for resource utilization, a surprisingly wasteful model of valuecreation, is leading to decline in prosperity and concomitant global influence. It must develop a moreresource savvy circular economy, with the biological and mineral nutrients of modern society continuouslycirculating. Rather than face a bleak and uncertain future dependent on resources from overseas, Europeneeds to develop technologies towards self-sufficiency in energy and water and keep materials requiredfor consumption flowing [1]. This will insure reduction in virgin resources and treat waste as a valuableinput rather than a burden for welfare of society and the environment.RESYNTEX, the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation funded program, will producesecondary raw materials from blends and pure components of unwearable textile waste and is expectedto have a strong circular economy focus. The project will develop and demonstrate a strategic design forclosed loop textile recycling throughout the value chain.

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2016. Vol. 23, no 3, 15-21 p.
Keyword [en]
textiles, circular economy, key drivers, circular thermodynamics, recycling
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Economics and Business
Research subject
Textiles and Fashion (General); Resource Recovery
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-11172OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-11172DiVA: diva2:1049624
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Special issue based on XXIV International Congress IFATCC
Available from: 2016-11-25 Created: 2016-11-25 Last updated: 2017-01-03Bibliographically approved

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