What do we see?
In 2019, 15.5kt of textiles were collected, which is an increase compared to previous years. However, the amount of textiles that could be resold has decreased year on year, to around 3kt in 2019. In concrete terms, only 22% of the textiles collected in 2019 were resold. So only a small proportion of the collected material can be resold, and this is also continuing to decline.
What’s the aim?
In a circular economy, reuse is a crucial strategy: it extends the lifespan of products and materials so that they can be used for as long as possible. In addition, it also helps prevent products and materials being prematurely processed into waste. However, when it comes to textiles, we are facing a challenge as we observe a decrease in both the total and the relative amount being brought back into circulation. At the same time, we also need to watch out for unwanted rebound effects that can result in more consumer goods, specifically textiles, being used to meet the same needs. This goes completely against the objectives of a more circular economy.
What does this indicator measure?
This indicator shows how much textile is collected and sold by De Kringwinkel and is expressed in kilotonnes. The data was provided by OVAM.