Textile waste and circular economy: prospects for the future

Jul 8, 2021
Textile products are among the most used in the world. The fashion industry has a huge footprint in this regard, particularly in the last few years when fast fashion has become increasingly widespread, leading to a sharp increase in the quantity of clothing produced, used and then quickly discarded. This clothing is mainly made of synthetic materials (60% of the textile fibres placed on the market – polyester being the most used fabric). Only 1% of textile waste in the world is recycled as new “clothing”(1), to the extent that the European Union has included it among its priorities on which to work for a circular economy future.

Marine litter: state of play

Jul 6, 2021
Every year, millions of tonnes of waste end up in seas all over the world. It is only recently that people are becoming aware of how this phenomenon of marine litter represents an economic, environmental and human health problem. Various actions have been put in place to study and seek a solution to marine litter, but it represents a complex and multifaceted challenge.

Increasing the re-use of plastic with chemical recycling

Jun 11, 2021
Targets for the re-use of plastic from the recycling of waste are increasingly ambitious: in this regard, chemical recycling is a set of technologies now being developed by researchers that enhances the value of Plasmix but also non-packaging hard plastics. Plasmix, a mix of plastic waste from packaging recycling plant selection processes, is currently mainly converted into energy or goes to landfill.

A new circular economy action plan for a cleaner and more competitive Europe: Parliament’s demands

Jun 11, 2021
In March 2020, the European Commission adopted the new circular economy action plan: the European Parliament demanded binding objectives for 2030 to make consumer goods more sustainable from design onwards.

World Environment Day – 5 June 2021: reimagine, recreate and restore our ecosystems

Jun 4, 2021
On 5 June 2021, World Environment Day will open the decade dedicated to ecosystem restoration. The United Nations has chosen the motto “Reimagine, recreate, restore” to celebrate it. For years, we have exploited and destroyed ecosystems, even though human survival depends on their health. This is the moment to change course! Investing in ecosystems means investing in our future.