Why we should recycle and upcycle textiles

Charlie Bradley Ross Thursday, 1 August 2019

Recycling is one of the key principles of a circular economy, yet there have been a lot of questions raised recently about whether it is a viable alternative to the current system. In this video, I explore the damaging effects of our current, linear processes on the environment, the benefits recycling textiles and fashion can bring, and the arguments for and against recycled synthetic fabrics.

In this video you'll learn:

  • The textile industry’s impact on the environment, covering pollution, scarcity of resources
  • What's not circular about our current system
  • Why designers need to be thinking about waste and circular economies
  • The pros (and cons) of recycled synthetic fabrics

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