Accelerating Circularity® releases research and mapping report

Posted October 7, 2020

CAMPBELL HALL, N.Y. – Accelerating Circularity, Inc. has released a report with the results of their research on the potential for circular supply chains on the East Coast of the United States.

The report answers the basic questions of why, what, where, who and how materials can become a part of circular, textile-to-textile recycling systems. It includes information on spent post-industrial and post-consumer materials, stakeholders including collectors, sorters and preprocessors, and chemical and mechanical recyclers.


The report maps the current state of actors in future circular supply chain networks, which will be the building blocks for circular models that will be critical to the industry’s future.


“Understanding the materials available, what supply chain steps are in place, and what is missing for textile-to- textiles circular systems will speed up the transition to new systems,” said Karla Magruder, president, Accelerating Circularity. “This research has deepened our awareness that everything in a circular system must be connected for it to work. For everything to be connected we must all participate; it is something the industry has to do together. Nobody can go it alone.”


A Call to Action asks brands and retailers, industry stakeholders and recyclers to do their part by contributing, more knowledge through information sharing and feedback.


Brands and retailers are asked to share the fiber contents of their products. Collectors, sorters and preprocessors are asked to provide feedback on sorting specifications. Recyclers are asked to self-assess into process categories.


The full report, interactive data visualizations, and calls to action can be found at


Accelerating Circularity’s work has been made possible by a grant from the Walmart Foundation and support from Gap Inc, Nike, Target and VF Corporation.


Source: Accelerating Circularity

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