[CHALLENGE] [public wiki] Circular Textile Challenge 4 - Recovery, sorting & disassembling

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How to recover, sort and disassemble post-consumer garments for circular textile systems?



  • Short introduction of the challenge by the facilitator

Baseline 2015 and Vision 2050

  • What happens with post-consumer unwearable garments at the moment? e.g. landfills, downcycling, What is the quality of the garments at the moment?
  • What is our vision for 2050? e.g. automatic sorting machines? what does it mean for waste companies and workers in textile sorting firms? 100% zero waste; open source?

Roadmap from 2015 to 2050

  • Who needs to be involved?
  • What is needed to achieve the vision? E.g. labelling options, standards, transparency tools, policy, business models; the role of open source
  • What may counteract to achieve the vision and how to remove barriers?

From Vision to Action - concrete starting points

  • What are concrete starting points to achieve the vision?
  • What can/will the participants do?



  1. Baseline 2015 and Vision 2050
  2. Roadmap from 2015 to 2050
  3. From Vision to Action - concrete starting points (agreements, cooperation ideas)

PAD: To allow participants to document this challenge in real-time, a collaborative Etherpad document has been set up here:
FOLDER: To store and share documents, photos and other files relating to this challenge, please upload them to this challenge’s cloud folder:

Friday (Baseline 2015 + Vision 2050)

  • Lucy Norris
  • Carina Bischof
    Saturday (Roadmap 2015 to 2050)
  • Lucy Norris
  • Max Gilgenmann

Role and tasks of the facilitators:

  • give a short introduction and initial inputs
  • moderation of the brainstorming discussion
  • coordination of the mind-mapping (e.g. distributing pens and paper)
  • track the time and give a signal for (optional) rotation
  • document the most important results in etherpad
  • support the photographer in taking a picture and uploading it on social media (e.g. Facebook)

[part of the Circular Textiles Challenge(s) Berlin]