Fashion for Good, Canopy, IDH, and Laudes Foundation are joining forces to host Reimagining Textile Waste in India, a two-day conference taking place on December 1-2, 2023, in New Delhi, India. This landmark event marks the official closure of the Sorting for Circularity Project India and heralds the launch of Re-START ALLIANCE, a textile recovery alliance established by the four founding partners with catalytic funding from Laudes Foundation.
The conference will unveil a toolkit for valorizing textile waste in India, building upon the findings of the Wealth in Waste report released last year. A series of sessions will delve into the current textile waste landscape in India, exploring chemical recycling and sorting technologies, brand engagement, and the financing environment that will drive India’s circular transition.
Attendees will hear from pioneering brands and suppliers, governmental actors, sorters, financiers, and disruptive innovators, including Circ®, Renewcell, Infinited Fiber Company, Worn Again Technologies, Reverse Resources, TOMRA, PICVISA, and Matoha Instrumentation Ltd. Together, these stakeholders will explore strategies to transform India into a leading recycling destination and a global next-gen hub for circularity.
Key Highlights of the Conference:
- Celebration of the Sorting for Circularity Project India’s successful completion
- Launch of Re-START ALLIANCE, a textile recovery alliance committed to accelerating circularity in India
- Unveiling of a toolkit for valorizing textile waste in India
- In-depth sessions on the current textile waste landscape, cutting-edge technologies, brand engagement, and the financing environment for circularity in India
- Insights from pioneering brands, suppliers, government representatives, sorters, financiers, and disruptive innovators
As per recent data, India generates a significant amount of textile waste, with 3,265 KTons of pre-consumer waste, 3,944 KTons of post-consumer domestic waste, and 584 KTons of imported waste. Despite the potential for recycling, a substantial portion of this waste ends up in landfills, posing environmental concerns. However, the textile recycling market in India is projected to expand rapidly, reaching US$375 million by 2028, indicating a growing recognition of the need for sustainable waste management solutions in the textile industry.