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C&A Foundation Wants to Fast-Track a Closed-Loop Textiles Industry

C&A Foundation is the Circle Economy’s latest ally on its mission to close the loop for textiles and create a zero-waste industry.

Circle Economy announced Thursday that C&A Foundation committed 250,000 euros ($278,000) to expand the Circle Textiles Program, a sector-specific initiative within the Dutch cooperative that’s focused on closing the loop for post-consumer textiles.

“Thanks to C&A Foundation’s generous grant, we can push this ambitious program to the next level and take the bold steps necessary to scale our zero-waste mission,” said Gwen Cunningham, a researcher and analyst with the Circle Textiles Program. “We plan to build on the success and expertise of the Circle Textiles Program to date, but also develop new tools for the industry that are critical in engaging companies in closed-loop strategies.”

The program, which launched in 2014, wants to achieve a zero-waste industry by developing and creating a commercial, scalable model for closing the loop on post-industrial and pre- and post-consumer textiles.

C&A Foundation’s funding will help the Circle Economy expand and grow its textiles program. The grant will also go toward supporting the development of its “Circle Fashion” tool, an interactive platform that will offer brands a circularity scan, from both a strategic and environmental perspective, and offer up reasonable recycling scenarios for capturing value from textile waste.

The program’s other projects include Fibersort, a machine that’s able to sort large volumes of mixed post-consumer textiles waste, and Circle Market, an online marketplace for the recovery, reuse and resale of textiles.

“At C&A Foundation, we believe that fashion can be a force for good,” said Leslie Johnston, the foundation’s executive director. “Circle Economy’s pragmatic, tool-based approach will make it easier for the global apparel industry to transition to new, restorative business models.”