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Government’s textiles buys may have to include recycled materials, ET Retail


The Centre may make it mandatory for a certain amount of textile products in government procurement to come from recycled materials as part of an action plan to boost textile waste value chain and make India a global hub for circular textiles.

It plans to introduce Indian standards and certification on recycling and establish textile recycling clusters, officials said.

“We will look at government interventions based on short, medium and long-term targets and examine the scope of textile recycle products being made mandatory in public procurement,” one of them told ET.

The textiles ministry plans to assess the current state of textile waste and associated industry for crafting policies to make India a global hub for sourcing sustainable and circular textiles and garments, officials said.

The assessment will include pre- and post-consumer waste generation and source identification of waste.

The ministry will also analyse the current practices adopted by the industry to meet international norms relating to circularity and would rope in a consultant for the analysis.

The plan is to build a comprehensive roadmap to scale up technologies to boost recycling, said the official cited above said. The ministry is also looking to establish environmental impacts such as emissions in terms of carbon dioxide, water footprint and energy consumption, the person said.

The move is in line with the European Union‘s new Circular Economy Action Plan, 2020, which has included textiles as one of the key product value chains facing multiple sustainability challenges.

  • Published On Jul 8, 2023 at 08:28 AM IST

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