Textile recycling is in a phase of strong development. This will also introduce new emerging risks. It is essential to find out: a) what is known, b) is the existing knowledge and its quality sufficient, and c) what kind of additional information should be gathered for managing risks. As long as knowledge is not sufficient, the worst should be prepared for. This report examines risks of textile recycling from the viewpoint of objectives. The objectives may be: functionality, profitability, social acceptance, ecological aspects, and societal interests. Risk management aims to anticipate challenges related to different objectives and to produce solutions to manage risks. The better the solution is known, the smaller is risk. Risk minimization is the goal of risk management only, when the potential consequences are especially severe - for example if they are fatal. Otherwise, risks and benefits are weighed. Risk management is actually an inherent and inseparable part of developing anything new. The likelihood of a risk can be assessed only, if the related activities and environment will remain same, and there is enough information about realized similar risks. Otherwise, the likelihood is not known, and the severity of potential consequences will be the determining factor in risk assessment. This report reviews major risks challenging textile recycling in order to inform newcomers on the field. It is essential for the future of textile recycling to build wide call and acceptance for recycled materials in industry and market. The integration of different actors and interests as a well-functioning system is another significant challenge. Textile recycling has several phases and actors forming an ecosystem in which every act affects widely. Thus, the significant challenges are finally common challenges for every actor in the ecosystem. If any key actor blindly and shortsightedly only try to maximize their own profit, it may endanger the success of the whole textile recycling in this phase of development.
|Publisher||VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland|
|Number of pages||41|
|Publication status||Published - 2018|
|MoE publication type||D4 Published development or research report or study|
- risk management
Heikkilä, J., & Heikkilä, P. (2018). Tekstiilit varmasti kiertoon: Haasteet ja riskien hallinta tekstiilien kierrätyksessä. VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. VTT Technology, No. 343 https://www.vtt.fi/inf/pdf/technology/2018/T343.pdf