4A4_0233_ TEXTILE REUSE AND RECYCLING IN GREECE, FACT OR FICTION?

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Efthymios Gravas

Georgios Priniotakis

Published Aug 14, 2019

Abstract

The paper consists of a general review concerning the reuse and recycling of textile products from raw materials to final products throughout time. The review is categorized, creating a map indicating the procedures used and making comparisons with the current status in different countries. By general consensus all publications strongly support the view that textile reuse and recycling reduce environmental impact but they also stress the necessity to experiment with other allocation methods for incoming recycled materials. From the existing review arises one basic assumption, however, that textile garments are better reused rather than recycled. Finally, although Greece has an “infant” experience in the reuse and recycling of textile products, there is plenty of room for applications and further research as there seems to be growing interest both by governments and local authorities to involve themselves in such challenging pursuits. To what extent, such ambitious pursuits so far have “borne fruit”, remains to be seen!


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