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[ FIRST IMPRESSIONS ]
[ CALENDAR OF EVENTS ]
Toward circularity
W
e often hear the word circularity used in conjunction with
sustainability. It is the idea that, at the end of its lifecycle, a
product can be broken down into its basic components and be
reused rather than destroyed. That's a big issue right now for the
textile industry, which is increasingly under fire to reduce production
waste as well as waste from unsold products that would normally be
thrown away or incinerated. As one report put it, " The future of fashion
is moving into a new dimension where new textile technology upcycles
old clothes into brand new fabrics. " And as several
presentations at the recent IFAI Expo in Nashville
showed, manufacturers are increasingly stepping
up to do their part.
But circularity can only work if everyone
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participates, and that means consumers. When
people discard clothing, for example, they will
often bring it to a consignment or thrift store.
Their intentions are good, but the fact is that much
of it still ends up in a landfill because it is damaged
or otherwise unusable.
That's not to say that people don't care about
recycling. In fact, it's just the opposite. According
to the Environmental Protection Agency,
American recycling rates have more than tripled
in the last 30 years. But textile recycling often gets
overlooked because the focus is usually on paper,
plastic and glass. Clothing and household textiles
currently make up 6.3 percent of the waste stream
or roughly 80 pounds per person thrown away
annually in the U.S. The Secondary Materials and
Recycled Textiles Association (SMART) notes
that most consumers simply don't know that nearly 95 percent of used
clothing and textiles can be reused and recycled. Damaged clothing, for
example, can be recycled into wiping rags or ground up into fiber to
create new products like paper, yarn, insulation and carpet padding.
Back in the 1980s there was a popular ad for a menswear outlet that
used the slogan, " An educated consumer is our best customer. " Think
how much closer we could get to true circularity if textile and clothing
manufacturers held a similar philosophy today.
January 2022
Marine Fabricators Conference
JAN. 13-15 / Wild Dunes, Charleston's
Island Resort, Isle of Palms, S.C.
www.ifai.com/marineconference
Tent Expo
JAN. 18-20 / ONE DAYTONA
Daytona Beach, Fla.
www.ifai.com/tentexpo
February 2022
MFA Workshop
FEB. 10-11 / Charlton's Marine Canvas,
Yorktown, Va.
www.ifai.com/mfa-workshop
Women in Textiles Summit
FEB. 16-18 / Chateau Elan, Braselton, Ga.
www.ifai.com/women
March 2022
Smart Fabrics Summit
MARCH 28-29 / Talley Student Union, North
Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C.
www.smartfabricssummit.com
April 2022
Outlook Conference 2022
APRIL 24-26 / The Omni Homestead Resort,
Hot Springs, Va.
www.ifai.com/event/outlook-conference-2022
October 2022
Oct. 1-4, 2019
Orlando, FL
Orange County Convention Center
SAVE THE DATE
Oct. 12-14, 2022 | Education: Oct. 11-14
Charlotte Convention Center
Charlotte, N.C. USA
www.ifaiexpo.com
All calendar events are subject to change.
Please check event websites for the latest information.
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