The Circular Centre has a value chain of initiatives under the one umbrella, transforming how companies can create and dispose of garment and textile waste to become 100% circular. Our partners are eco-entrepreneurs, universities, organisations, social enterprises, start-ups and charities.
Together we are a flow of value chains that support each other. Our common goal is to offer circular solutions to all government, organisations, communities and individuals who use textiles.
We aim to minimise carbon emissions and pollution, keep all resources onshore, create human centered jobs (especially for disability enterprises), divert raw materials and products to eco-entrepreneurs and charities who will REUSE, REDESIGN and RESELL.
Our goal is to deliver a financially sustainable service as soon as possible. In January 2021 we were asked to divert 10 semi-trailers worth of almost all new, individually plastic wrapped fast fashion garments. 90% of which were made with virgin synthetic textiles.
We are aware of the enormity of the problem and with sufficient support and opportunities to resell the repurposed products into the marketplace, we feel our holistic solutions offer more to companies, communities and the environment than the short and long term costs of sending 800,000 textiles to landfill each year.
This section is an overview, see below for expanded details on how to use our services and those of our partners to create circular products using 3D design, sustainable textiles, resource recovery solutions plus repurpose and re-sell through a Circular Market.
Sign the United Nations Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action and map out your Sustainable Development Goals.
Circular product design starts with 3D Design capabilities to ensure your entire supply chain, including textile design, sampling and production, is zero waste to begin with.
Through STSC we have solved the problem so the fashion, apparel & interiors industries no longer need to use toxic virgin or recycled synthetics back into yarn or filler. We wholesale sustainable textiles including a new CircStretch for activewear, swimwear, lingerie + apparel, a new bio-rubber for wetsuits and interior products, bio-rubber & organic cotton garment elastics, plus the textile waste 100% wool filler for puffer jackets and interiors.
Right to Repair. Tap into the growing network of nation-wide tailors who can repair or make bespoke garments.
Utilise local and/or international manufacturing. Clarify certification and transparency.
We work with Australian disability enterprises nation-wide to train individuals according to their skillset to deliver our circular services plus provide meaningful work alongside this essential service.
The circular streams is the full list of where we divert every material that we collect. The list of partners is growing and being added to regularly.
#iamcarbonpositive will launch in 2021 as a Not-for-Profit to enable designers to support their customers' sustainable goals plus inspire them to sequester the carbon emissions used to create their entire wardrobe.
The CIRCULAR MARKET is a growing online platform for customers to purchase repurposed and diverted products, remnant textiles plus garments and raw materials. We also promote our partners who sell to a diversity of industries. By selling circular products we hope to offer rebates to our clients to offset the costs of diverting textile waste from landfill.
When a job is completed our client receive a report, Destruction Certificates and Life Cycle Assessment that includes an estimated amount of carbon emissions they have mitigated. The Circular Centre are working to convert this mitigation into rebates via the federal government's Emissions Reduction Fund.
Clients receive the Circular Centre's Zero Textile Waste Certification and become circular economy leaders, mitigate carbon emissions, reduce pollution and work towards their Sustainable Development Goals.
Nat Stratos from Neo3DT and Lena Merrin co-created an agency that employs 3D, eco and circular design solutions for garments to be constructed with zero waste in production. They offer opportunities through a combination of 3D Design, circular design principles and collaboration co-Design to move towards a sustainable fashion future.
They recently created the Re-Imagining Fashion: 3D, Circular and Co-Design Workshop for 2021 NGV Melbourne Design Week in collaboration with circular Centre and RMIT.
See an interview with Nat and Alison on how the Circular Centre Replace, reuse, redesign, repurpose & resell textiles and the focus on four main circular textile systems to design out waste and pollution. https://lnkd.in/gVU6Uux
REPLACING SYNTHETIC SYNTHETICS WITH NON-TOXIC BIO SOLUTIONS
Our aim is to also encourage clients to replace the un-sustainable fabrics such as polyester and recycled polyester used for making uniforms and workwear.
A recent yarn development has enabled STSC to finally be able to replace 100% of all non-sustainable stretch fabrics found in garments such as uniforms, activewear, underwear, swimwear and apparel.
CircStretch textiles use the world's first Cradle to Cradle Gold Certified stretch yarn to replace toxic, synthetic stretch rendering the need to recycle polyester and nylons that despite efforts continue to leave a trace of harmful mircoplastics from garments, both during production and in a domestic washing machine.
STSC offers sustainable, ethical, recycled, organic, closed loop, non-toxic textiles containing zero plastic so they can be disposed of through the CTWS or home composted, as well as plus trialing accelerated commercial composting.
RIGHT TO REPAIR. NATION-WIDE TAILORING NETWORK
Our partner Simplechic connects consumers with a growing community of local tailors and artisan makers across Australia for their individual clothing needs.
From thoughtfully and with purpose altering, upcycling and mending garments to extend the life of their loved clothing to the creation of new custom-made on demand and couture pieces.
Simple Chic is redesigning fashion with a circular and data-led approach to clothing, focused on the wellness, visibility and prosperity of wearers, local makers and our planet. Simple Chic are designing out: waste, emissions and obsolescence while designing in: natural fabrics, local makers and inclusion. https://simplechic.com/
TEXTILE "WASTE" SERVICE, CONTRACTS + COLLECTION
The Circular Textile Waste Service (CTWS) is the next step beyond recycling. This service is offered to government, councils, companies, communities, fashion and apparel manufacturers. Learn more about the individual services and see the the Virgin Airlines uniforms & workwear service Case Study
Clients can use their own collection and transport solutions or request it to be coordinated by the Circular Centre and use existing transport solutions provided by our disability enterprise partners.
Facilities often include a 1 tonne truck, ute, forklifts, mega bins, pallets etc.
Contract will include details regarding maintaining IP & security and offer to issue Destruction Certificates.
The Circular Centre work with Buyability NDS to connect with disability enterprises nationally and increase employment opportunities for people with a disability through the management of socially responsible procurement opportunities for Disability Enterprises.
BuyAbility is an initiative of National Disability Services (NDS) aimed at growing supported employment to give people with disability the opportunity to participate in the workforce.
Alison Jose, Director of the Circular Centre modelled the service on the NDIS to work with DE staff to create teams and human centered jobs based on the individual and their skills set and interests.
We created a Policy and Procedures Manual while designing the service with Achieve Australia and can work with any Australian DE to deliver this service, train staff and implement the circular streams.
The DE's role is to work with the Circular Centre's clients to manage the collection, transport, sorting and dismantling and redistribution of the materials to the various circular streams.
Our DE teams learn about textiles right down to the fibre and garment type. The team at Achieve Australia loved learning and contributing their extensive knowledge around fashion, materials and helping to keep the environment cleaner and better for everyone.
The teams are trained to first weigh then sort the "waste". There are various stages and streams categorised accordingly to both fibre and garment type.
All good garments and products are immediately diverted to donate to charities and social enterprise partners. The "waste" is then graded, dismantled & all materials are re-distributed through various circular streams all based in Australia.
Combining human centered design and AI we collaboration with QUT to purchase a newly designed Button Removal Robotic Arm. We work with Dr Alice Payne, Associate Professor in Fashion, School of Design, a program leader in Centre for a Waste-Free World.
R&D using robotic systems-Developing system for garment disassembly, innovation in robotics working with unstructured materials such as textiles.
WP1: Development of software for the robust detection of buttons WP2: Design and prototyping of robotic tool for button removal WP3: Integration with a decision system for button removal using visual servoing.
Alison has worked with Frederic Maire, Senior Lecturer Robotics to make some requested adjustments to incorporate WH&S protocols. We are seeking 50% funding from NSW EPA and 50% from other sources.
THE ROBOTIC ARM CHALLENGE
Scott, Lauren, Glenyss and Lisa had a great time showing us just how hard it is to remove the zippers and are excited to hear that QUT are hoping to also them a zipper removal system.
Our resources/waste stays in Australia
- so we can offer jobs and training for our marvelous disability enterprise partners,
- so we minimise our carbon footprint and not just send offshore,
- so we can capture the plastic textiles and safely repurpose so they stop polluting our oceans, sea life, seafood, water and humans; because not matter which washing machine or landfill it ends up in, it still affects us all for generations to come.
PURCHASE PRODUCTS that we have diverted, redesigned or repurposed through the Circular Market - soon to come; textile waste carpet tiles, underlay, sound proofing, filler for interiors and more.
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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.