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Chemical circularity in fashion

Updated : October 2020

Stakeholders

  • Textile chemicals professionals
  • Textile industry sustainability professionals
As the world fiber consumption continuously increases, the single-use models for chemicals used in the conversion of fibers to finished textile products are being challenged. This report is aimed at providing chemical suppliers and chemical users in the supply chain with recommendations and suggestions on how to move away from single-use linear models and increase the recycling and reuse of textile chemicals – referred to in the report as non-linear use models. The recommendations and suggestions for change include a call for the wider use of existing good practice and the need for research and development. This report argues that the chemical industry's key to catalyzing radical, scalable change is to make the chemical user take responsibility for the chemicals they use. The report suggests a Chemical User Responsibility Model (CURE Model) which opens doors for chemical leasing services. While wet processors are responsible for the chemical treatments, pushing chemical management responsibility up the supply chain will reduce the number of chemicals reaching wet processors, reduce the amounts of chemicals they have to use to remove upstream chemicals, and thus reduce the amount being discharged to the environment. The report concludes that the two key issues must be addressed: reduce net chemical consumption i.e. the total amount of chemicals used; and Reduce chemical discharge to the environment. The complementary approaches suggested using lower amounts of chemicals by reducing the amounts deliberately applied in any given process; and increasing the amounts of chemicals that are reused and recycled by applying non-linear use models. This opens up Chemical Leasing as a potential solution to the problems caused by current chemical use models in the textile industry, where companies sell the function of the chemical rather than the volume of it.

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Topics

Chemical leasing to reduce chemical consumption in textile processing

Chemical User Responsibility Model (CURE Model)

Research and development of good practises of textile chemicals

Reducing net chemical consumption

Reuse and recycling of chemicals in non-linear approach

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Geography
| Global
Year

2020

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