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Why did you decide to do what you do?

We see the waste problem in our fashion industry, and we wanted to create a recycling system that would allow us to establish a positive foundation we can proudly pass on to the next generations. Nearly 20 percent of the waste generated in the garment manufacturing process is incinerated or downcycled and eventually disposed of. There’s an enormous amount of cutting waste that gets disposed of, and it is increasing year-by-year. We realize the potential to regenerate these unused resources effectively and create new value and recycle valuable resources.

Tell us a bit how your journey started.

We see the waste problem in our fashion industry, and we wanted to create a recycling system that would allow us to establish a positive foundation we can proudly pass on to the next generations. Nearly 20 percent of the waste generated in the garment manufacturing process is incinerated or downcycled and eventually disposed of. There’s an enormous amount of cutting waste that gets disposed of, and it is increasing year-by-year. We realize the potential to regenerate these unused resources effectively and create new value and recycle valuable resources. Tell us a bit how your journey started.

 

What are the biggest challenges you face in your work?

Some of the challenges we face towards our goal to establish a universal and transparent business are determining the best logistics and developing partnerships with the factories that generate cutting waste. Collaborating with the factories is vital to properly sort waste by color, material, and other criteria smoothly. Similarly, coordinating with the different parties involved in each stage, such as shredding, spinning, weaving, knitting, and dyeing, is also an essential but extensive process.

 

What advice would you have for suppliers thinking about becoming GRS and/or RCS certified?

As brands and consumers shift towards more responsibly made garments, there is an increased need to be able to prove your compliance and efforts. We recognize the increasing importance of seeing it as a responsibility to include transparency and traceability in the production process to offer safe and reliable quality products in the market.

What is your main focus at the moment?

We are working to develop a project that will be accepted by the market while considering both price and quality. Our goal is to bring fashion and sustainability closer together as they are at the opposite ends of the spectrum. With this in mind, we will continue to develop new technologies to recycle material that can be accessible to the market.

 

Takehiro Sugiyama,

Textile Planning & Development Office Sustainable team Manager,

Takihyo Co., Ltd.

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