Unlocking Clothing Circularity in Australia

Last updated: 9 May 2023
Prepared by: Sustainable Resource Use
Prepared for: Kmart Australia and Sustainability Victoria
First published: 17 February 2023


This report outlines recommended actions to create a more circular clothing sector. The report considers each stage of clothing lifecycle, from manufacturing, sales, use and reuse, enabling the capture and sorting of clothing for reuse and recycling, to end-of-life recycling for clothing. This report is intended as reference for the clothing industry, government, and the development of the National Product Stewardship Scheme for Clothing.

Key actions include adoption of sustainable design of clothing, consumer care for garments, consistent clothing collection systems, the development of automated sorting of clothing, undertaking fibre-to-fibre recycling of clothing, and aligning economic activity with sustainability outcomes.

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