EU average textile reuse/recycling rate is less than 20%, within that of Germany’s is 70%


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In the EU, on average, about 15-20% of disposed textiles are collected for reuse or recycling (rest or landfilled or incinerated). But there are significant variations in this - in Germany, 70% of disposed textiles are collected for reuse or recycling.

That’s a stunning difference - 70% vs 20%. Germany’s performance in reuse and recycling of disposed textiles is almost four times the EU average.

While we are all aware that Germans are sticklers for discipline, is this all that  has made them a textile recycling/reuse superstar? Or are there are more lessons to be learnt from the German success?