CIRCULAR TEXTILES – Textile chain for the recycling of industrial waste and used textiles

Starting from the concept of circular economy, the CIRCULAR TEXTILES project encompasses the entire textile supply chain, involving the partners in a proactive way to encourage the establishment of a system of industrial symbiosis between the districts.

The project intends to act as a demonstrative case by studying an overall approach to the recycling of textile materials through representative pilot cases for the sector.

Waste of industrial production and consumption, such as used clothes, both of textile matrix and coupled with plastics, will be the subject of study for the design of sustainable production systems and new manufacturing techniques, with the aim of approaching as closely as possible to a model of circular economy. The project intends to act, both in the design phase (eco-design) to prevent waste and promote recycling and in the recovery, selection and recycling.



Analyze the quantities and types of textile materials;
To study a sampling and testing methodology capable of sufficiently characterizing the materials and to evaluate the risk associated with material variability and the degree of uncertainty corresponding to the outcome of the tests;
Evaluate currently available sorting technologies;
Study and define a sorting process for the collected material, also in function of the expected characterization tests and sorting technologies currently available;
Process batches of material to be recycled and properly sorted in order to obtain new textile material (fibers, yarns, fabrics), suitable for the realization of new products both for clothing and for other sectors/applications;
Evaluate the environmental, social and economic impacts resulting from the activities of redesign, collection and recycling of textile materials studied;
To produce guidelines, as a result of the project experience, on opportunities, technical aspects and methods for recycling textile materials, providing considerations and possible suggestions for public decision makers for future policy choices.


CIRCULAR TEXTILES is a project co-financed thanks to the resources made available by the POR FESR 2014-2020 of Regione Lombardia (Bando FASHIONTECH).