It took 1,320 liters of water to provide your new pair of jeans and twice that a lot to provide the cotton shirt you put on with it. When this stuff are discarded, they are going to proceed burdening the setting as they find yourself incinerated or buried in landfills.

Re-Born Textiles, a brand new Israeli initiative, affords an alternate that not solely saves clothes and different textile waste from the trash heap but additionally employs at-risk populations.

“Israel produces a minimum of 500,000 tons of textile waste a yr, which prices the state round 150 million shekels [$46 million],” stated Viktoria Kanar, cofounder of Re-Fresh Global, an open innovation platform for round economic system and improvements for the textile trade.

“At the moment, there isn’t any inexperienced, clear and efficient resolution in Israel for this drawback. There aren’t too many choices for used clothes assortment, and no group can gather all of the discarded clothes,” she stated. “With ever-growing overconsumption and stimulation to affix mega-shopping occasions equivalent to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it’s about time to offer an alternate for accountable and sustainable consumption.”

This Re-Born Textiles employee will resolve if the Tommy Hilfiger shirt could be reused. (Picture courtesy of Liran Maimon)

Re-Recent World constructed its Re-Born Textiles system on three pillars: reuse, remake, recycle.

Collected garments or different textiles in new or virtually new situation will return to retail (reuse), whereas garments in worn situation will likely be upcycled into new merchandise (remake) or recycled to be used within the development, car and different industries.

Recent alternatives

Re-Born Textiles opened its first sorting location on Dec. three on the Kipod Sustainability Center in Kfar Saba, the primary Israeli metropolis to ascertain an city middle for round economic system.

“It’s functioning as a pilot to be taught from earlier than increasing,” Kanar stated.

“Town asks residents to deliver us their discarded clothes, and different companions equivalent to WIZO deliver used clothes they’ve collected at their branches. We additionally get gadgets from shops that shut down and wanted to eliminate stock, and from different sources,” she stated. “In simply a few weeks, we collected 10 tons of textiles: garments, sheets, towels, materials and extra.”

Buttons are faraway from clothes to be remade or recycled. (Picture courtesy of Liran Maimon)

A mix of paid staff and volunteers — 20 per shift, two shifts per day — kind the textiles and ship them on to the subsequent stage.

“From the start, we tried to see it as a possibility for individuals who want work, from very totally different inhabitants teams,” stated Kanar.

“A number of the girls are WIZO volunteers who’ve some data in textile sorting. Others come from Dandasha, a sequence of secondhand shops round Israel that employs girls with sure disabilities from the group Shekulo Tov with subsidies from the Welfare Ministry,” she stated. “It is a protected area for them to earn a residing.”

Re-Born Textiles staff consider denims product of resource-intensive denim. (Picture courtesy of Liran Maimon)

“Then there are individuals who could also be college students or who work within the trade, and girls on furlough from their typical jobs due to coronavirus,” Kanar added. “We’ve some males who joined us, too, for the bodily troublesome duties.”

About 80 folks in all took Re-Born Textiles’s skilled textile administration and sorting coaching course over Zoom earlier than beginning to work.

Sorting piles of clothes at Re-Born Textiles’ area within the Kipod Sustainability Heart in Kfar Saba. (Picture courtesy of Liran Maimon)

Greater visions

“Re-Born Textiles is a brand new and authentic enterprise that’s primarily based on the ideas of round economic system and the imaginative and prescient to show the cities into round cities,” stated Kanar. “The long-term imaginative and prescient is to ascertain city sensible sustainability facilities — or ‘microfactories’ — in Israeli cities and hopefully overseas as nicely.”

The pilot challenge is supported by town of Kfar Saba, the German Embassy in Israel, Financial institution Hapoalim, H&M Group and NGO companions WIZO, Dandasha and Ani Shlishi, which works with at-risk youth.

Upcycled merchandise constructed from discarded textiles. (Picture courtesy of Re-Born Textiles)

It’s important that H&M Group is on board.

The Swedish multinational firm sells attire via 52 on-line markets and roughly 5,000 shops in 74 international locations. In December, H&M distribution facilities within the Netherlands, U.Okay., Sweden, China, Russia and Australia switched to reusable/recyclable paper packaging to scale back plastic waste. The non-profit H&M Basis and the Hong Kong Analysis Institute of Textiles and Attire are collaborating to develop sustainable textiles.

Kanar hopes that H&M will turn into a accomplice in repurposing unsold merchandise.


Discarded gadgets that may’t be used as they’re however are in adequate situation that they are often to be was different textile merchandise, equivalent to a pillowcase or tablecloth.

Kanar defined that this type of upcycling is finished with the assistance of laser-cutting machines or 3D printing.

A group bin for clothes that may go to Re-Born Textiles in Kfar Saba. (Picture courtesy of Liran Maimon)

“The benefit is that lasers depart virtually no waste and the brand new form could be deliberate and created via a pc program that can be linked to the laser,” she stated.

Shoppers are getting extra concerned about upcycled textiles, which don’t all look precisely alike the way in which mass-produced gadgets do.

“There’s a marketplace for it, particularly throughout COVID when persons are tighter with their spending and searching for extra affect spending,” Kanar stated. “Research amongst millennials, even final yr, present they’re able to abandon manufacturers in the event that they discover out one other model does extra good.”

Viktoria Kanar and her Re-Recent World accomplice, Revital Nadiv, on the Re-Born Textiles challenge in Kfar Saba. (Picture courtesy of Liran Maimon)

Kanar and her Re-Recent World accomplice, Revital Nadiv, have made Re-Born Textiles their flagship challenge.

“We really feel an actual lack of options for textile waste, and that is one thing made in Israel that may resolve the issue,” she stated.

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(Edited by Carlin Becker and David Martosko)

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