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Can This Machine Make Closed-Loop Textile Supply Chains a Reality?

When it’s deliver-or-die, supply chains become the lifeblood of a company. To that end, the fashion industry has embraced technology to navigate today’s hyper-complicated supply chain, with myriad solutions shaping the first, middle and last mile. Call it Sourcing 2.0.

Two tall hurdles stand in the way of closed-loop production: how to encourage consumers to turn in their unwanted garments in the first place, and a lack of sorting technology to separate that clothing once they do. But thanks to efforts spearheaded by a group of like-minded partners in Europe, the latter is becoming a reality.

The Textile Sorting Project, a consortium led by Dutch cooperative Circle Economy, has received 2 million euros ($2.2 million) in funding from the European Commission’s Interreg North-West Europe program. This investment will help commercialize Fibersort, a machine that’s able to sort large volumes of mixed post-consumer textiles based on fiber composition, and launch it worldwide.

The project partners, which include Wieland Textiles, Valvan Baling Systems, Worn Again and Salvation Army ReShare, will bring an additional 1.5 million euros ($1.6 million) of financing to the table.

Read more on Sourcing Journal.