Circular Economy in the Textile Sector – Study for the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

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Hemkhaus, Morton; Jürgen Hannak, Peter Malodobry, Tim Janßen, Nora Sophie Griefahn and Christina Linke 2019: Circular Economy in the Textile Sector. Study for the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Eschborn: GIZ.

The concept of circular economy is becoming increasingly important in the textile industry. This study examines options for establishing closed fibre cycles in the clothing and fashion industry. It provides a detailed background analysis on fibre cycles in Europe and Germany, describes the biggest drivers and obstacles and evaluates selected technologies for textile fibre recycling.

This analysis is based on a in-depth literature review, paired with findings froma  focus group session conducted as part of the Cradle to Cradle (C2C) International Congress 2018. In addition, more than 20 experts working in the textile sector shared their candid views for the analysis. The study was commissioned by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).