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Our work in textiles

We provide leadership and practical support to encourage growth of the circular economy in the textile industry. 

The Scottish textiles industry is worth £956 million to the Scottish economy and has an ambition to grown by 50% by 2020. We are spearheading a series of initiatives in Scotland with other organisations, including universities that will encourage the introduction and, further uptake of, resource efficient and sustainable materials and processes into textile supply chains and the economy, to contribute to a sustainable circular economy model for the sector.

We are implementing an action plan which will offer support to the  textile industry to explore ‘closed loop’ manufacturing as well as funds for fashion designers to explore concepts such as zero waste pattern design, luxury apparel from alternative textiles such as recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and natural fibres such as Scottish rare breed wool.

Working with the textile industry we are focussing on five key areas:

  1. Industry and academia – skills training
  2. Fibre-processing facility
  3. Textiles and apparel
  4. New business model research
  5. Funding to experiment with closed loop technologies and systems.

Our key partners

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