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Textiles specialists review the impacts of recycled fibres

The European Outdoor Group is pioneering a new project seeking to compare the impacts of recycled and virgin polyester and nylon on synthetic textile microfibre pollution; as well as a separate project that examines the coloration of textiles.

The two new textiles projects will be trialled with partner mills in Taiwan, and will be managed by UK-based consultancy biov8tion on behalf of the Outdoor Industry Microfibre Consortium. The latter is a part of the European Outdoor Group.

The results of both projects are expected to be released at the ISPO sportswear event in Munich, Germany, in January 2019.

It is noted that the European fashion sector employs over 5 million people directly. At the moment, the UK is the biggest player, with its textiles market worth around US$ 77 billion by 2020.

Sustainable textiles trends

In other textiles news, an estimated 190 000 tons of fibres from polyester, acrylic and nylon enter the world’s marine ecosystem through washing machine wastewater each year, according to a report from Eunomia Research & Consulting.

Also, US retailer Target has recently pledged to invest US$ 1 million in post-consumer textile recycling technologies by 2020.

Meanwhile, US fashion firm VF Corporation has revealed plans to train all of its product designers based in Europe in circular economy principles in a bid to boost the amount of secondhand garments and footwear collected at European owned and operated Timberland and The North Face stores by at least 10% in the next two years.

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