Terminology can inadvertently imply use or value, which can lead to barriers or opportunities in how textiles are considered or handled. A lack of standardisation, clarity and consistency among stakeholders in the textiles sector is an issue that inhibits partnerships, policy development, and can prevent progress towards a circular textiles economy.

WRAP, with the support of key businesses and organisation in the industry, has created standard definitions for common terms used to describe resources, used products, and waste within the textiles lifecycle. These definitions can be utilised by the textiles industry moving forwards to provide much-needed clarity and reframe textiles as a valuable resource no matter what stage it is in its lifecycle.

The document covers definitions for lifecycle stages and onward markets and provides a status update on the presence and scale of various onward markets for textiles across geographic regions worldwide. It forms part of WRAP’s wider Post-Consumer Textiles Landscape Review, which is available to explore in more detail here.

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