Fashion for Good Launches Toolkit to Transform India’s Textile Waste Landscape

Re-START Alliance Aims to Position India as a Next-Gen Textile Solutions Hub

Celebrating the successful closure of the Sorting for Circularity India Project, Fashion for Good unveiled a toolkit designed to harness the potential of textile waste in India. The initiative, in collaboration with Laudes Foundation, IDH, Canopy, and Reverse Resources, aims to drive the transition to a circular economy. The launch event in New Delhi on December 1 and 2 will introduce “Re-START,” a textile recovery alliance positioning India as a leading hub for Next-Gen solutions.

“The Sorting for Circularity India toolkit is a milestone in our journey towards a waste-free world…” – Katrin Ley, Managing Director, Fashion for Good

The Journey Thus Far

Fashion for Good’s Sorting for Circularity India Project, initiated in 2021, organized the Indian textile waste market through a three-phase approach. Key industry players and external partners collaborated, supported by funding from Laudes Foundation and IDH. The project culminated in the release of a toolkit offering valuable insights and guidance for advancing recycling in India’s textile industry.

“This strategic collaboration…brings together critical ingredients needed to scale the adoption of next-generation fashion materials globally.” – Anita Chester, Managing Director, Laudes India

India’s Post-Consumer Textile Waste Landscape

Fashion for Good’s Wealth in Waste report highlights the untapped potential in India’s post-consumer textile waste, emphasizing the need for proper collection and sorting systems. With upcoming legislation on textile waste management, the value of post-consumer waste is expected to rise, making it imperative for India to focus on developing necessary infrastructure.

A Roadmap Towards Circularity

The “Reimagining Textile Waste” conference in New Delhi on December 1 and 2 will share the toolkit, learnings, and announce the Re-START Alliance. Comprising Fashion for Good, Laudes Foundation, IDH, and Canopy, the alliance aims to scale the project’s learnings by formalizing a textile waste supply chain, infrastructure, policy intervention, and industry appetite for technology commercialization. The alliance is set to launch officially in Q1 2024.

“India is very well positioned to become a global leader in low-carbon Next Gen textile production.” – Nicole Rycroft, Canopy Executive Director