The Circular Economy: Take-Back Systems for Textile Recycling
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Waste management issues in the textile and clothing industry can be related to either pre-consumer or post-consumer waste. An effective take-back system for post-consumer clothing waste plays a critical role in maximizing reuse and recycling of textile wastes. The purpose of this study was to investigate emerging technologies regarding the development of robust take-back systems as well as further design development and consumer involvement.