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Textile Circularity and the Sustainability Model of New Mobility

  • Research Report
  • EPR2024006
Published March 12, 2024 by SAE International in United States
  • English
The world is on a “take-make-waste,” linear-growth economic trajectory where products are bought, used, and then discarded in direct progression with little to no consideration for recycling or reuse. This unsustainable path now requires an urgent call to action for all sectors in the global society: circularity is a must to restore the health of the planet and people. However, carbon-rich textile waste could potentially become a next-generation feedstock, and the mobility sector has the capacity to mobilize ecologically minded designs, supply chains, financing mechanisms, consumer education, cross-sector activation, and more to capitalize on this “new source of carbon.” Activating textile circularity will be one of the biggest business opportunities to drive top- and bottom-line growth for the mobility industry.
Textile Circularity and the Sustainability Model of New Mobility provides context and insights on why textiles—a term that not only includes plant-based and animal-based fibers, but plastics as well—are contributing to overflowing landfills, polluted waterways, compromised access to clean water, loss of biodiversity and deforestation, and more. Additionally, it gives an overview of the current state of textile circularity, notable policy and regulatory trends, and how to leverage capabilities of the mobility sector, especially in decarbonization.