Walmart Foundation injects $1.2mn into Accelerating Circularity

By Hannah Abdulla | 20 January 2021 just style Font size Email Print

The grant has been awarded to validate circular systems models through trialsThe Walmart Foundation has pumped US$1.2m into Accelerating Circularity for its circular textile-to-textile systems trials using spent textiles generated on the East Coast of the US. The grant has been awarded to validate circular systems models through trials, which aim to move so-called "spent" textiles – the raw material for textile-to-textile recycling – through the key nodes of circular systems: collecting, sorting, preprocessing, and chemical and mechanical recycling through fibre, fabric and garment making and, to close the loop, brands, and retailers. Accelerating Circularity's 2020 research on spent textiles, collectors, sorters, preprocessors and recyclers showed opportunities and gaps. It plans to create links through multi-party collaborations as part of newly identified circular models.

It is collaborating with product digitisation pioneers Eon, leveraging its CircularID Protocol to support the implementation of circular product passports. Validated systems can help with the uptake of new circular business models and employment opportunities for each of these new or expanding businesses. "Circular systems success requires industry-wide collaborations. We have already engaged industry organisations and individual companies throughout the supply network, and we will recruit new participants who recognise that working together is essential through open calls. Connection at each step from collecting spent textiles to demand is the key to success," said the firm. Open calls will include brands and retailers who want to offer circular products to their customers; cut and sew manufacturers who can make circular products; and others who have technologies and processes that will support circular systems.

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