T-shirt to T-shirt Recycling Project
Toyota Tsusho has been participating in the Tee-CycleTM t-shirt recycling project in collaboration with the Japan Branch of Patagonia International Inc.
●Background The fashion sector has been noted as being an industry that places a major burden on the environment, with large amounts of energy being used in manufacturing, and with a short product lifecycle. This has emerged as a significant international issue, and there are worldwide calls to reduce the impact on the environment and switch over to a more sustainable industry structure. In Japan, the current situation is that these kinds of initiatives have been limited. To reduce the burden on the environment, Toyota Tsusho is working together with diverse partner firms to jointly build a new apparel lifecycle model.
In line with its mission statement – “We’re in business to save our home planet” – Patagonia not only undertakes the manufacturing and sale of apparel products, but also promotes activities aimed at safeguarding the environment, and is taking on the challenge of switching over to using only fiber derived from renewable raw materials and recycled fiber.
●Overview of the Initiative Toyota Tsusho has been supplying Patagonia with originally designed fabrics for more than 20 years, and has been supporting Patagonia’s progressive and environmentally conscious product development. With Tee-Cycle™, Toyota Tsusho has begun to work to separate and classify collected cotton products and transport them to recycling companies. It will realize, for the first time, the establishment of a clothing circulation model for used cotton products collected from consumers, by playing a role in the supply chain of recycling-based products that recycle used clothing for re-use as clothing. Toyota Tsusho contributes to the realization of a circular economy by promoting recycling-oriented downstream businesses that recycle waste in order to pass on a better global environment to the children of the future. In addition, by promoting initiatives to build a resource circulation model for apparel, it will create a future where there are opportunities for all discarded clothing to be remade again as clothing. Toyota Tsusho has been participating in the Tee-CycleTM t-shirt recycling project in collaboration with the Japan Branch of Patagonia International Inc.