Recycling: Circularity’s Weak Link

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM US Eastern
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM US Central
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM US Mountain
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM US Pacific
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM UTC

About This Event

Keeping products and materials in use is a core tenet of circularity, one that would help eliminate waste and protect natural resources. While a recent report from Sourcing Journal and Cotton Incorporated found that more than half of the apparel industry (52 percent) currently has a circularity mandate, they are hampered by the many challenges of making the switch from take, make, waste. Chief among the issues is recycling.

Apparel is still in the early days of figuring out how to reuse post-consumer garments. Even the first step, getting the clothing back, is a major hurdle. Then sorting these goods is another puzzle given that most clothing is a blend of fibers and findings. Without the ability to separate these materials, the ultimate goal of recycling them into usable inputs remains elusive. In this webinar, which will take place July 29th at 11 am ET, we will discuss the role that each member of the supply chain must play in order to make this aspect of circularity a reality. We will explore:

  • The challenges inherent in recycling apparel into like-virgin inputs
  • The infrastructure needed for collection and sorting
  • The investments needed to grow fledgling innovations
  • The ways in which the industry can collaborate to accelerate momentum
  • The ways to motivate consumers to play their part
Download the 2020 Circularity Survey Report here.


Speakers will include:

  • Liz Hershfield, SVP Sourcing, Supply Chain & Sustainability, Madewell
  • Hilde van Duijn, senior project manager circle textiles, Circle Economy
  • Steve Hoffman, partner, McKinsey & Company
  • Melissa Bastos, director of market research, Cotton Incorporated
  • Caletha Crawford, publisher, Sourcing Journal (moderator)