Textile Waste, Incineration, and Opportunities for Innovation | AsktheCollective 034

In this week’s AsktheCollective, we answer a question about textile recycling, and speak to the recent news that H&M and Burberry have been incinerating their textile waste.   A waste stream that we have covered recently as part of our work here in China.

Part of the issue, as e have found, is that the process of recycling itself is one where there is a wide range of practices.  Many of which have a negative impact on the environment,  As such, while incineration has been seen by many as a negative, through this episode we speak to the challenges that brands face in managing their waste streams, and their need to look past current options to the development of new materials, processes, and products.

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