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Centexbel to lead new Cisutac project

Project aims to remove current bottlenecks in the supply chain.

28th September 2022

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Belgium

Clothing/​Footwear, Sustainable

The new Cisutac Horizon Europe project involves a consortium of 27 partners who will work towards the transition to a circular and sustainable textile sector.

Co-ordinated by Centexbel in Belgium, the project aims to remove current bottlenecks in the supply chain to minimise the sector’s total environmental impact by developing new, sustainable and integrated large-scale European value chains.

It will enncompass most parts of the textile supply chain with a focus on polyester and cotton/cellulose which represent almost 90% of all textile fibres, and on products from three sub-sectors experiencing the most circularity bottlenecks – fashion garments, sports and outdoor goods and workwear.

Three pilot phases aim to demonstrate the feasibility and value of repair and disassembling, sorting (for reuse and recycling) and circular garments through fibre-to-fibre recycling and design for circularity.

To realise these pilots, the consortium partners will develop semi-automated workstations, analyse infrastructure and material flows, digitally enhance sorting operations (for reuse and recycling) and raise awareness among consumers and the textile industry.

The companies and organisations involved in the project are Aimplas, the Association of Cities and Regions for sustainable Resource management (ACR+), Centexbel, Circular Systems, De Kringwinkel Antwerpen, Decathlon Produzione Italia, Erema Group, Euratex, Global Textile Scheme, Inditex, Inlecom Commercial Pathways Ireland (ICP), Lenzing Group, Oxfam, PCH Innovations, PVH, Refashion, Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE), Rreuse, Sioen Apparel, Södra Skogsägarna, Stam, Texaid, Texfor, The Textile ETP, Wageningen University and Wargön Innovation.

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