Navigating the Green Wave: Exploring the Global Textile Recycling Market

Navigating the Green Wave: Exploring the Global Textile Recycling Market


Mar 15, 2024

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The textile industry is a major contributor to carbon footprint and waste generation, making it a prime candidate for sustainable and environmentally friendly practices. One such practice is textile recycling, which involves recovering and regenerating fiber from pre-consumer and post-consumer waste textiles. This process has been around since the 18th century and is becoming increasingly important as textile waste continues to accumulate and harm the environment. Governments around the world are implementing strict regulations against textile waste generation. The global textile recycling market is expected to grow from $8.0 billion in 2023 to $11.1 billion by 2028, with a compound annual growth rate of 7.0% during the forecast period of 2023-2028. To reduce environmental pollution and meet the raw material needs of the textile industry, waste textiles are being used to develop new raw material resources. This includes the recovery of nylon fibers, cotton fibers, and polyester.


Key Drivers Behind the Textile Recycling Market

One of the primary drivers behind the textile recycling market is the growing awareness of environmental issues and the desire for sustainable solutions. Consumers are increasingly concerned about the environmental impact of their purchasing decisions, including the clothing they buy. As a result, there is a rising demand for sustainable fashion and textiles made from recycled materials. The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted vulnerabilities in global supply chains, leading many companies to reevaluate their sourcing and production practices. Textile recycling offers a more resilient and sustainable alternative to traditional manufacturing processes, as it reduces reliance on virgin materials and minimizes supply chain disruptions. While the textile recycling market is global in nature, regional dynamics play a significant role in shaping its growth trajectory. Developed economies, such as North America and Europe, have been early adopters of textile recycling initiatives, driven by strong consumer demand and supportive policies. However, emerging markets in Asia-Pacific and Latin America are also witnessing rapid growth as they seek to address environmental challenges and capitalize on the opportunities presented by sustainable fashion.

Global Textile Recycling Market

The global market for textile recycling is expected to increase from $8.0 billion in 2023 to $11.1 billion by the end of 2028, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.0% during the forecast period of 2023-2028.

Key Market Players in Textile Recycling Market

  • LENZING AG was established in 1892 and is headquartered in Austria. Lenzing AG is an Austrian-based company and a global leader in the production of sustainable cellulose fibers for the textile and nonwoven industries. The company is renowned for its innovative fiber solutions that prioritize environmental sustainability, quality, and performance.
  • Birla Cellulose was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in India. Birla Cellulose is a privately held company and part of Aditya Birla Group. The company produces regenerated cellulosic artificial viscose fibers for the global textile market. The company designs and distributes its specialty apparel, home textiles, and nonwoven products in the global textile market. Birla Cellulose established its Viscose Staple Fibers (VFS) manufacturing facility in India. Moreover, the company established its pulp plants in India, Sweden, and Canada. The company established its marketing and sales offices in India, Thailand, Indonesia, China, Turkey, the U.S., and Bangladesh. 
  • Unifi Inc. was established in 1969 and is headquartered in the United States. The company produces and markets synthetic and recycled products in the global market. The company produces synthetic recycled products, polyester, and nylon. Unifi Inc. offers fabric products to apparel, hosiery, home furnishings, automotive, industrial, and medical industries. The company has a strong regional presence and sells recycled textile products in North America, Central America, South America, Asia-Pacific, and Europe. The company strategically targets yarn manufacturers, knitters, and weavers for its recycled textile products in the global market.
  • Patagonia Inc. is one of the enormous outdoor apparel and lifestyle merchant companies across North America and was founded in 1973 in the United States. The company provides clothes for alpine climbing, fly fishing, hiking, skiing, snowboarding, surfing, trail running, and yoga. The company has offered outdoor apparel for the past 50 years. The company mainly focuses on the usage of recycled materials. For instance, it utilized 35% recycled materials in 2018, and in 2021, 66% recycled materials in their production. The company has a strong presence in the U.S., EMEA, Korea, Japan, Argentina, and Australia.
  • Martex Fiber is a privately owned company and was established in 1975. The company developed a 360° recycling process from textile waste. The company collects and recycles 160 million pounds of textile each year. Martex Fiber collects post-consumer waste, post-industrial textile waste, waste yarn, rags, cuttings, wipers, and remnants. Using a 360° recycling process, Martex Fiber develops cotton and polyester knits in the global market.

The global textile recycling market presents a significant opportunity to promote sustainability, reduce waste, and drive positive change in the fashion industry and beyond. By embracing textile recycling and adopting more eco-friendly practices, we can build a more sustainable future for generations to come. The textile recycling market is experiencing rapid growth as it addresses pressing environmental concerns within the textile industry. With governments, businesses, and consumers increasingly focused on sustainability, textile recycling offers a promising solution to reduce waste and promote resource conservation. Valued at $8.0 billion in 2023 and projected to reach $11.1 billion by 2028, the market's growth underscores its importance in meeting raw material demands while mitigating environmental pollution. Through the recovery of fibers from pre-consumer and post-consumer waste textiles, including nylon, cotton, and polyester, textile recycling is paving the way towards a more sustainable future.

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