Enhancing Circularity and Sustainability Project

The textile industries of India account for 4% of world trade and 5% of world GDP. However, textile waste from India accounts for 8.5% of global textile waste. Over 7800-kilo tonnes of textiles wastes are accumulated in India annually. The numbers are big and to reduce them India launched the enhancing circularity and sustainability project. It is a “Waste to Wealth” scheme. It was launched in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme.

About the project

  • The main objective of the project is to reduce the negative impacts of the textile sector on the environment. This includes reducing the use of synthetic materials like polyester. Polyester will not decompose.
  • The scheme was also launched to promote the recycling and reusing of textiles. The project will boost circular production. The Government of India recently approved twenty research projects. Of these 20 projects, three are in the area of textile recycling.


After agriculture, the textile industry is the second largest employment provider in the country. India is self-sufficient in raw materials. It is the third-largest producer of cotton in the world. However pure cotton products are expensive. Most of the 100% pure cotton products are exported. And the majority of the Indians cannot afford to buy expensive pure cotton clothes. So they prefer synthetic textiles like poly cotton. This is why it is essential that India recycles its products. This will reduce the number of non-biodegradable materials getting added to the environment.



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