As part of a NIST initiative on Facilitating a Circular Economy for Textiles, we are planning to host a workshop to discuss challenges, gaps, and needs regarding textile circularity. The workshop participants, consisting of industrial, academic, nonprofit, and government stakeholders will discuss means for creating value via the circular economy, and among other issues, what data and standards might be necessary to accomplish this goal.
Potential topics for the workshop include:
- Brand perspectives on textiles and the circular economy (e.g., consumer opinions on circularity, marks or certification of circular processes)
- Technical challenges and needs for chemical recycling of textiles (e.g., availability of methods, feedstock contamination)
- Technical challenges and needs for mechanical recycling of textiles (e.g., feedstock availability, feedstock contamination)
- Challenges associated with collection, recycling, and reuse of textiles (e.g., collecting through municipal recycling facilities, used clothing resale market)
- Environmental impacts of textile waste (e.g, microfiber pollution, consumer advocacy groups perspectives)
- Government viewpoints for textile recycling (e.g., relevant regulations on a federal, state, or local level)