๐Ÿ’š A Circular Revolution in Fashion ๐Ÿ‘š

๐Ÿ’š A Circular Revolution in Fashion ๐Ÿ‘š

Dennis Kamprad

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Happy Thursday ๐Ÿ‘‹

Think of how many different textiles you have in your possession. For how many years have you been using these? And how many more do you think you could use them for?

For me, I know that I have several pieces that are more than a decade old. But not all of them have the same storyโ€ฆ Some, I had to donate and even dispose of quite a bit earlier than thatโ€ฆ

Now, where do these go from there? Way too many non-rewearable textiles end up in landfillsโ€ฆ

For example, in the US alone, an estimated 11.3 million tons of textile waste โ€“ equivalent to 85% of all textiles โ€“ end up in landfills on a yearly basis.

This is why Iโ€™m especially happy to share that even textile waste might become more circular!

๐Ÿ‘š Revolution in Fashion: How Circular Fashion Projects Help Textile Recycling

Exciting news: In a significant stride towards sustainable fashion, the UK Fashion & Textile Association has launched a series of government-funded projects focused on textile recycling infrastructure, circular fashion, and sustainable manufacturing.

This is a monumental step toward a greener future for the fashion industry.

The first initiative is a ยฃ4 million project to develop and pilot a fully-integrated, automated sorting and pre-processing demonstrator for waste textiles:

  • This pioneering system could divert thousands of tonnes of textiles from landfill each year.
  • This โ€˜Autosort for Circular Textiles Demonstratorโ€™ aims to transition from manual sorting of clothes and textiles unsuitable for resale to highly-automated sorting and pre-processing, which can then be used as feedstock for existing and emerging recycling processes.

This automates the sorting and pre-processing of non-rewearable textiles, potentially saving hundreds of thousands of tonnes of material from landfill.

However, the project is not without its challenges:

  • Manual sorting of used textiles has its limitations, as it’s not possible to sort garments by fiber composition ‘by eye.’
  • Pre-processing steps required by textile recyclers, such as button, zip, and trim removal, haven’t been optimized and customized to meet their individual specifications.
  • No scaled process currently exists which brings all of this into one industrial process or facility.

Despite these hurdles, the potential impact of this project is enormous.

If successful, it could create a national system of recycling plants that could save hundreds of thousands of tonnes of material from entering landfill, generating huge volumes of material for use across the UK textile manufacturing sector.

And although it’ll take a few more years to see results, this seems like an advancement to prevent textile waste all around the world!

๐Ÿ“ข More Good Newsโ€ฆ

๐Ÿ‘‰ South Korea reuses 90% of food scraps: Since 2005, South Korea has been recycling food waste into fertilizer, animal feed, and even fuel for heating homes. Food scraps are one of the number one sources of greenhouse gasses, so this sophisticated food waste system is a great way to prevent methane production and help fight climate change.

๐Ÿ‘‰ Biden vetoes repeal on truck emissions: US President Biden protected a new regulation by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to cut back on truck emissions. He vetoed a resolution that would have repealed it, arguing, โ€œThis would take us backward in our fight against air pollutionโ€

๐Ÿ‘‰ Blue whales in California waters: California residents are seeing blue whales in their oceans more and more frequently! Although blue whales are still endangered, these sightings are heartwarming to see after nearly 5 decades of conservation efforts. 

Share the news with your friends to make a bigger positive impact on the world and society!

Stay impactful, ๐Ÿ’š

Dennis (Founder & Chief Ninja)

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๐ŸŒŽ Event of the Week: World Rainforest Day

๐ŸŒณ Did you know that World Rainforest Day is being held right now on June 22? This event aims to raise awareness about the importance of rainforests, as well as their role in biodiversity conservation, and the ethical need to preserve them. The World Rainforest Day Summit is completely free and explores the ways in which all of us can make a difference for our valuable ecosystems. Join in and attend online too!

Below are our favorite charities and organizations that are especially relevant to this event:

๐Ÿ“œ This Week in History

๐Ÿฅ‡ June 23, 1940: Wilma Rudolph is born. She survives childhood polio and becomes the first American woman to win three track-and-field gold medals in just a single Olympics.

๐Ÿ“˜ June 25, 1947: โ€œThe Diary of a Young Girl” is first published. It is written by Anne Frank, a German-born Jewish girl, discussing her experiences during WWII. Years later, it is translated into nearly 70 different languages and becomes an important piece of war literature.

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ณ June 26, 1945: The United Nations Charter is signed in San Francisco, California. The charter establishes the ethical principles and framework for international cooperation, peace, and respect for human rights.

๐Ÿณโ€๐ŸŒˆ June 26, 2015: The United States Supreme Court delivers its ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide. The decision marked a significant advancement in LGBTQ+ rights and equality.

๐Ÿ’ญ Quote of the Week

โ€œHow wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.โ€ โ€” Anne Frank; Jewish diarist, historical figure of WWII

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