Our Mission

The EU-funded CISUTAC project aims to increase textile circularity in Europe through a holistic approach enabling circular material flows. It will develop innovative, sustainable, inclusive, large-scale value chains in the reuse, repair and recycling of materials. The feasibility will be demonstrated by three pilots: repair and disassembly, sorting for reuse and recycling, and circular garments by fibre-to-fibre recycling. These will help show the beneficial impact the project results can have for the environment, textile sector, stakeholders and consumers. They will also provide a better understanding of current challenges in the circular transition.


CISUTAC will tackle current bottlenecks in the transition to circular textiles and clothing. For scale and significance, we focus on polyester, cotton & cellulosic fibres (together ca. 90% of textile materials) and products from 3 sub-sectors: garments, active goods and workwear. In this way, we will have a representative view on the challenges the textile sector is facing for circular transition.

CISUTAC follows a holistic approach covering the technical, sectoral and socio-economic levels. We will provide systemic innovations at these levels and perform 3 pilots to demonstrate their feasibility and value: (i) Repair and disassembly; (ii) Sorting for reuse and recycling; (iii) Circular garments through fibre to fibre recycling and design for circularity.

Project Details


Led by Centexbel, the Belgian research centre for textiles and plastics, the CISUTAC consortium is EU-wide, and includes global leading brands and companies, Civil Society Organisations, Research and Technology Organisations and EU associations.

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