Approaches for Circular Textile and Apparel Industry in India (Baseline Assessment Report)
The Indian Textiles and Apparel Industry is known for its commitment to circularity, which began with a rich culture of reusing and recycling textiles in some form or the other. Companies in the domain have been actively advocating, promoting and adopting circular practices, such as recycling, reusing and upcycling, to reduce waste and promote sustainability.

In a step to strengthen circularity practices in this sector, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit(GIZ) and Aditya Birla Fashionand Retail Limited (ABFRL) are collaborating on “Approaches for Circular Textiles and Apparel Industry in India (ACTAII)” as part of the Indo-German Development Public-Private Partnership program (develoPPP). The ACTAII project aims to help India’s textile and apparel industry embrace circular economy principles by developing circular economy guidelines, circularity training modules, and collaborating with startups through an innovation challenge.

To start with project activities, a baseline study was essential to determine the present status of circularity adoption in the Indian Textile & Apparel (T&A) sector. The study was initiated with a focus on the sector’s current situation concerning circular business practices, and the challenges, hotspots and potential areas of circular interventions.