Mainstreaming Recycled Textiles - Research

In this research drivers and barriers are highlighted for the mainstreaming of textile recycling in the apparel sector
Mainstreaming Recycled Textiles - Research

Which factors are encouraging or hindering the use of recycled textiles? This question is answered in the report: 'Mainstreaming Recycled Textiles: an analysis of drivers and barriers for circular business model diffusion in the Dutch apparel industry".

Do you want to produce circular textile? Or are you already doing this? It could be useful to get to know more about the background of this production. Learn about the current developments regarding textile recycling, the considerations of interviewed companies and the recommendations they make for implementation of these processes within their own production chains.

About this report

This research is written as graduation research for the Master's Sustainable Business and Innovation at Utrecht University and to conclude an internship, commissioned by, MVO Nederland. The report researches drivers and barriers for the potential upscaling for the use of recycled materials. 

The research is done by conducting interviews with 10 experts within the Dutch apparel industry and 3 experts within the textile recycling industry in India and Sri Lanka. The results of these interviews are linked to a theoretical framework which consists of eight different categories of drivers and barriers, namely: Attitudinal, Economic, Environmental, Institutional, Operational, Organisational, Structural en Technological. 

As a result, a database with 409 different drivers and barriers was established. Some interesting examples of drivers are 1) collaborations, 2) company internal values, and 3) technological developments. Some interesting examples of barriers are 1) high prices, 2) technologies on small scale, and 3) lack of consumer interest. 

Divided within categories and ranked to importance (score is on the y-axis), the results per category are presented in the graph below. From this division, the research concludes that the most important drivers can be found in the Attitudinal and Structural categories, while the most important barriers can be found in the Economic and Operational categories. The Attitudinal, Economic and Structural categories are found most important for future developments.

Furthermore, in this research links between different (categories of) drivers and barriers are explained and recommendations for policymakers and companies are presented. If you are interested to read more, the report can be downloaded below. 

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