Sustainable management of textile trimming waste

Even the best managed textile factories generate cutting and trimming waste materials during production. For medium and large textile units, these could aggregate to a large quantity every day.

Solutions to sustainably manage and utilize trimming waste could benefit the textile both from environmental and economic aspects.


Machinery and equipment makers

Production professionals

Textile waste management professionals

Vital Stats

How does it work?

  • Upto 15% of the fabric could be  wasted in trimming and cutting.
  • These trimmed pieces can be reused or upcycled to recover value and dispose less textile waste to landfill

Sustainability benefits

Sustainable management of trimming and cutting waste could significantly reduce textile waste, which would eventually end up in the landfills.


The cutting stage of apparel production generates significant amounts of pre-consumer fabric wastage. If cutting can be simplified or improved, the waste can be reduced to a large extent.

Stage of commercialization


Types of professionals who can improve the solution

Textile engineers, Waste management professionals, Textile designers

Specifically relevant to any geography?


Decarbonization Potential


Value Chain

Fabric dyeing and finishing , Apparel or accessories ,

Carbon Focus








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