Technical textiles have a significant role to play in virtually every social and economic activity. A combination of technology and textile materials provides a vast array of options for numerous sectors. Thus, technical textiles are those textile materials that meet the primary criterion of delivering functionality or conforming to specified performance parameters.
This policy paper examines the effects of the technical textiles sector on the environment, economy, and society through the perspective of the circular economy (CE) and sustainable consumption and production (SCP). It also captures changing market and industry trends and depicts the sector’s transition to circular textiles in light of stricter international regulatory frameworks, such as those required by the EU. It identifies emerging innovations and best practices that are anticipated to help address externalities and mitigate their impact.