I want to recycle more post-consumer waste clothing than we do now. Too much unwearable clothing is ending up in landfill both here and in parts of the world where recycling facilities don't exist. If we can reduce the clothing waste we dump, we can reduce the amount of land and water used for growing cotton and linen and the number of plastics ending up in the seas and oceans.
Who might use it/where it might be used?:
Local authorities, already collecting recycling waste, might use this service to help hit their 50% government recycling target. Charities collecting clothing for resale might use it instead of sending unsellable items for incineration. Individuals getting rid of clothing not fit for resale through charity shops.
The Market (B2B, B2C or Both):
Sector the idea belongs to:
Is there a similar idea to be found?:
Others recycle clothing, but most specialise in pre-consumer clothing as they are easier to recycle. I want to source both pre and post-consumer waste pulling most from post-consumer.
Why you think there is a demand for your idea?:
There's a growing demand for recycled fabrics both in the fashion industry and from consumers. With flooding, drought, plastic in seas and wildfires becoming more common, we've less land for growing plants we can't eat. Recycling waste fabrics is difficult but necessary and will no doubt get easier with more mechanisation.
Who would be the ideal customers?:
Sources of waste materials: Local authorities Charities Mass producers of clothing Upholsterers Buyers of yarn: Weavers Ropemakers Textile makers Knitters? Buyers of compacted fabrics: furniture makers speaker makers(cones) car makers(insulation)
What ideas do you have to reach these customers?:
For sources of feeder materials, speaking to the recycling collectors for local authorities and the people within charities who deal with collections is my main idea. If I can get information from the textile recycling association without becoming a member, I'll use the association for possible contacts for potential buyers of the end products
How far have you developed this idea?:
As I've no experience with waste management, I'm still researching the idea at the British Library.
What – if any – feedback have you had for this idea so far?:
What supporting material – if any - would you like to add to your proposal?: