In 2021, Fashion for Good launched the Sorting for Circularity India Project to organise the Indian textile waste market in a three-phase approach so as to streamline, strengthen and foster the Indian waste market to drive the transition to a more circular economy that recaptures value to its maximum potential.

The project brought together various industry players including Fashion for Good partners adidas, Levi Strauss & Co., PVH Corp., Target, Arvind Limited, Birla Cellulose, and Welspun India, as well as Fashion for Good innovators Reverse Resources, PICVISA, and Matoha; H&M, Primark, and TESCO also joined as external partners. The project is supported through catalytic funding provided by Laudes Foundation and IDH, and knowledge support from Canopy and Circle Economy.

Drawing upon the invaluable insights gained throughout the project, Fashion for Good has created a toolkit designed to harness the untapped potential of textile waste in India. Together, these resources provide valuable insights, assessments, and practical guidance to advance recycling in India’s textile industry.

Sorting for Circularity Toolkit

An overview of the Sorting for Circularity India toolkit, for organising textile waste in India.


Wealth in Waste

A first of its kind, this report is the most comprehensive analysis of the Indian textile waste landscape. 

JULY 2022

Pre-Consumer Pilot Learnings

A comprehensive analysis digitally mapping pre-consumer textile waste in India. 


Post-Consumer Pilot Learnings

An in-depth analysis of post-consumer textile waste with automated sorting technologies, explaining how this waste can be valorised to ensure its best use case.


Business Case Assessment 

Demonstrating the commercial viability of sorting hubs with manual sorting practices, semi-automated and fully-automated sorting technologies.


Glossary, References, Annexes 1 & 2