The Circular Centre is a social enterprise and the world's first sustainable and fully circular design system for textiles and textile waste.
Globally we REPLACE the bad with 500+ true sustainable + home compostable textiles (yes even activewear, swimwear + underwear). Locally, through our Australian Circular Textile Waste Service we reuse, repair, redesign, repurpose and resell through four main circular textile systems to design out waste and pollution.
Think of a circular jigsaw where garment + textile resources come in and out of our circular systems to ensure they stay local and out of landfill plus the resources remain at their highest value for longer.
We have created Australian partnerships to foster innovation, jobs and training with a particular focus on creating wonderful teams with Australian disability enterprises. Currently we have 23 innovative circular streams to keep all jobs and resources onshore.
Through the Circular Textile Waste Service we take all "unwearables" including bras, underwear, socks, uniforms and workwear plus "unusable" textiles including the large volumes of commercial soft signage to repurpose and keep 100% of the resources in Australia.
Our transparent circular streams below offer government, companies and communities the opportunity to promote their SDG leadership and receive our Zero Textile Waste Certification.
We have created a CTWS Policy + Procedure Manual ready to engage any Australian disability enterprise. Our teams are trained to valorise and sort the resources according to fibre type, garment type and quality type. Where needed, we first dismantle then redistribute through local circular streams to keep 100% out of landfill and onshore.
We are currently working with Queensland University of Technology to combine human centered design + smart tech to offer more jobs and training plus increase our "waste" intake.
Through 23 (and rapidly growing) circular streams we safely reuse, redesign + repurpose 100% of the diverted resources within Australia giving us the ability to trace then recapture and repurpose again and again. Our goal is to use QR codes, smart yarns, blockchain and Life Cycle Assessment to capture the data and monitor the resources pathways.
Australia's Largest Denim Redesign Project + Competition is a call out to all designers and fashion students to enter and share your exciting designs using "waste" denim.
Our aim is to mitigate emissions + pollution, provide jobs and training especially for Australian disability enterprises, incorporate new technologies and resell circular products via the CIRCULAR MARKET.
Our circular systems offer textile diversion solutions based on both garment or product type and fibre type. Our various circular streams and CIRCULAR MARKET offers clients an opportunity to both divert and purchase circular products.
Read below the four main circular systems created to help various industries who use or deal with clothing and textiles and how the Circular Centre's services will help you transition to a circular economy model.
Read the latest news from the Circular Centre in our CC News including attending the recent National Clothing Textile Waste Roundtable by invitation of the Minister for Environment at Parliament House Canberra.
Our supply chains begin with zero waste design using 3D technology partners. Clients can REPLACE any unsafe plastic synthetic textiles using STSC. Sustainable Textile Supply Chain - we wholesale textiles and ship worldwide direct from our Mills.
Our latest breakthrough is CircStretch - blending natural fibres with the world's first Cradle to Cradle® Gold Certified stretch. We no longer need to use plastic, virgin or recycled, to make swimwear, activewear, lingerie and apparel.
100% home compostable and non-toxic as it breaks down in microbiologically active soil. CircStretch safely composts in around 300 days in comparison to every other product in the market that takes a minimum of 5 years and maximum of decades for the plastic to decompose.
Our other compostable textiles to replace synthetics include bio-rubber neoprene for wet suits & swimwear plus organic cotton and natural rubber garment elastic and TENCEL™ sewing threads.
The CIRCULAR TEXTILE WASTE SERVICE captures every type of textile waste including the difficult mixed blend fabrics, bra's, undies and socks so we no longer need to put any textile waste into a skip or garbage bin.
Our partners are some of Australia's key circular design and carbon sequestering innovators and we foster circular industry opportunities including jobs and fun training for our Australian disability enterprise partners.
Our zero-waste solutions for uniforms, workwear and commercial waste are offered to councils, companies plus all fashion and apparel businesses. See the Mosman Council system and Virgin Airlines uniforms & workwear service Case Study
Are you an eco-warrior business or community group wanting to collect? Through our Take-Back systems we can accept a minimum quantity of 120kg of unwearable clothing, homewares, bed linen etc.
CIRCULAR DENIM is a major circular stream of the CTWS. We collect all types of denim; the good, the bad and downright ugly to create opportunities to re-use and repurpose this high quality textile and only repurpose the remnants.
GENERAL PANTS CO. + CIRCULAR DENIM COLLABORATION
To celebrate General Pants Co.'s Denim Amnesty we created AUSTRALIA'S LARGEST DENIM REDESIGN PROJECT + COMPETITION. Designers and fashion students have an amazing opportunity to showcase their redesign skills using denim and divert all valuable and much loved denim from landfill.
Book a timeslot to visit the Circular Centre to source as many pieces of denim that you require for free - take what you need "first-in-best-dressed" - By appointment via Humanitix.
Visit the CIRCULAR MARKET to purchase a growing amount of products made around Australia via our 20+ circular streams and circular collaborators keen to keep the resources flowing through circular streams.
Repurposed textile waste products include carpet tiles, underlay, sound proofing, wool filters, etc. Through circular partners we divert + sell products like furniture filler, buttons, zippers, elastic plus redesigned workwear and fashion.
Remnant textiles include pre-consumer sustainable textiles + pre and post-consumer textiles and deadstock.
Where possible, we attach a QR code to encourage customers to use take-back systems when it finally becomes unwearable or unusable. We trace its origins and return it to the circular streams or accelerate its decomposition to mitigate further emissions.
We take all unwearable corporate clothing, uniforms and workwear to use for redesign and/or repurposed into high quality products. 100% waste is used locally.
Where required we offer Destruction Certificates to maintain IP and security.
Coming soon. Purchase redesigned recycled workwear via our circular stream partners.
COUNCILS can offer residents a household collection or drop-off solution. We take ALL "unwearable" clothing including bras, socks, under garments and underwear, plus usable textile homewares and ALL denim for the CIRCULAR DENIM PROJECT. 100% of material waste is reused or repurposed in Australia
Fashion and apparel labels can REPLACE any
non-sustainable textiles, plus offer a Circular Take-Back Service to customers plus repurpose deadstock and remnant textiles.
Promote your sustainability status & offer a full or part user-pay Circular Take-Back Service. Charge & collect a minimum of 120kg and help your customers send zero waste to landfill or offshore.
Eco-minded groups and businesses can work with us to create a local Take-Back Service.
Offer a user-pay Circular Take-Back Service & collect a minimum of 120kg and help your community and customers send zero waste to landfill or offshore.
CIRCULAR PPE offers made-to-order non-surgical isolation gowns and scrubs made from new and unused textiles plus virgin sustainable textiles.
Used garments can be taken back and repurposed through the CTWS to ensure we send zero textile waste to landfill.
@circularschools is an initiative with Watson, aged 12, where he and his Mum Alison go to local schools to educate on the circular economy.
We also encourage school P&Cs to purchase wholesale Guppyfriend Washing Bags to re-sell for fundraising and capture the plastic microfibres that are shed when school uniforms are washed.
Empowering the fashion & garment industry to support the #positivefashion Movement & offset carbon emissions from manufacturing & shipping. Invest in 3 key sequestration industries: Australian seaweed, soil & biodiverse native trees
+ take the #positivefashion CHALLENGE to offset your whole wardrobe for $2.10/garment
The Circular Textile Waste Service is a NSW Environment Protection Authority, Waste Less Recycle More initiative funded from the waste levy.
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The Circular Centre is situation on Gadigal people's land in Eora Country, Sydney Australia. We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land, culture and community. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging. It always was and always will be Aboriginal land.