Switch to Circle Economy Value Chains

As part of UNIDO’s Switch to Circle Economy value chains (SWITCH2CE) programme spanning plastics, electronics and textiles, BESTSELLER with support of GFA, BGMEA and Reverse Resources is the lead applicant on the BESTSELLER – Switch to Upstream Circularity Pilot.


Switch to Circular Economy Value Chains

Switch to Circular Economy Value Chains is an initiative that assists EU multinational companies and their suppliers from developing countries to switch to more circular economy approaches and practices in three selected value chains: Plastic Packaging, Textile & Garments, and ICT and  Electronics.

The overall objective of SWITCH to Circular Economy Value Chain Project is to support the “Transformation towards a circular economy”, including to contribute to sustainable growth, low carbon and climate resilient development, decent jobs creation, and safer, healthier, and pollution-free environment. SWITCH is co-funded by the European Union and the Government of Finland, and implemented by UNIDO, in collaboration with Chatham House, Circle Economy, and the European Investment Bank.

UNIDO’s Switch to Circular Economy Value Chains initiative is part of GFA’s Circular Fashion Partnership programme, under which BESTSELLER with support of GFA, BGMEA and Reverse Resources is the lead applicant on the BESTSELLER – Switch to Upstream Circularity Pilot.

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With the SWITCH2CE support, BESTSELLER works on scaling up traceable textile recycling with suppliers in Bangladesh, capturing, and valorising high volumes of post-industrial textile waste. This will provide manufacturers with long-term circular business solutions, reducing dependency on virgin materials and increasing the availability of recycled materials. The main goal is to achieve a long-term, scalable and just transition to a circular textile system in Bangladesh and beyond. 

Bangladesh has yet to take advantage of its access to huge volumes of recyclable waste and production capabilities and accordingly invest in supporting infrastructure to develop a thriving textile recycling industry – a more active recycling industry, technology, as well as knowledge and awareness of the potential economic benefits of adopting formal and digitally verified circular value cycles can contribute towards this goal. 

Scaling of textile-to-textile recycling in Bangladesh can help capture immediate opportunity of post-industrial waste and is a steppingstone to preparing the country to process post use waste. According to estimations from the Circular Fashion Partnership project, Bangladesh could reduce its annual virgin cotton imports by 15% and save over $500 million (or $0.5 billion), if it recycles just its 100% cotton waste domestically.

The long-term outcomes of the pilot include contributing to increase of recycling capacities of Bangladesh. This pilot aims to research scaled (domestic) diversity of recycling solutions. The pilot aims to develop strong business cases in collaboration with select manufacturers in order to strengthen the waste collection and recycling business case. Finally, the pilot aims to achieve an industry-wide acknowledgement of circular system opportunities (for/with) manufacturers through its cross-sectoral collaborations.  

Bridging compliance and due diligence in circular value chains is instrumental for creating an inclusive circular fashion system that benefits all –inclusion and engagement of those currently controlling the waste flows is also needed.  

Availability of key services like quality control, logistics and storage, a formalised waste handling network is fundamental for waste handlers. Therefore, waste handlers can secure long term stable business opportunities and have access to higher value recyclers whose contamination requirements they might not have previously been able to meet without the waste segregation at source.  

Conducive policy environment is needed to support these developments. Also, taxation, tariffs, import/export etc. need to be considered to enable a circular textiles segment in Bangladesh. 

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