Prato and Annecy Workshop Participants Contribute to the EU Wide Picture of Textile Waste Opportunities and Possibilities

Leading figures in fashion, textile and waste management attended the fourth and final RESYNTEX Stakeholder Focus Group on Thursday 6 April 2017 in Prato, Italy. This event is part of RESYNTEX’s stakeholder mapping and consultations. Partners from Prospex Institute, Biochemtex, Dettin and Manchester Metropolitan University hosted the event at the Chamber of Commerce in Prato.

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 Attendees ranged from wool recyclers, used textile collectors, manufacturers, retailers, waste management organisations, local authorities and sectorial platforms, as well as research and innovation specialists. First, RESYNTEX partners from Prospex Institute and Manchester Metropolitan University introduced the EU research project, then technical partners from Dettin and Biochemtex outlined the chemical and mechanical processes involved in the RESYNTEX processing model. During this technical presentation, they showed how resource efficiency and closed loop outputs from the RESYNTEX process could lead the way towards systemic changes in the European manufacturing industry, the recycling markets and citizen behaviour.

Local participants identified where the opportunities are for the RESYNTEX model in current textile markets and end-of-life streams in Prato, what issues would need to be addressed to put the business model in place and who would be the potential customers and clients of the process’ outputs. Workshop participants contributed with their local knowledge and insights into the discussion on how regional activities could complete the RESYNTEX circular economy value chain and what sort of benefits this could create for the region.

RESYNTEX partners encouraged participants to stay in touch with the project, to follow the developments involving the next stage of citizen research and to attend the 6th International Fibre Recycling Symposium in Manchester. The Symposium will allow them to receive a fuller outline of all stakeholder outcomes and RESYNTEX partner research. Partners from Prospex Institute and Manchester Metropolitan University also visited the local radio station Radio Italia Cina to spread the message and connect with any international textile and garment stakeholders operating in the local Prato area.

This workshop event followed on from the third and penultimate stakeholder workshop event in Annecy, France on Tuesday 13th December 2016, hosted by local RESYNTEX partners About Goods Company and visiting partners from Prospex Institute, Quantis and Manchester Metropolitan University. During this previous workshop, participants identified local areas where textiles were wasted, who dealt with this waste and how. Attendees also received an outline of the technical processes before discussing how local activities and businesses could create eco-friendly circular economy textile opportunities.

The four RESYNTEX Stakeholder Focus Group workshops have now taken place in Manchester (UK), Maribor (Slovenia), Annecy (France) and Prato (Italy). The next stages of the research will analyse these citizen and consumer perspectives on used textiles and recycled fashion and will create optimised collection, processing strategies, lifecycle analysis and business models. Stay up to date with these developments on Twitter and LinkedIn @RESYNTEX and at the 6th International Fibre Recycling Symposium in Manchester.

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RESYNTEX received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement 641942.