subsequently put up for sale in the stores as second-hand jeans (Nudie Jeans 2014, Online shop, Post recycle rug denim. Available: ). If the jeans are worn out, and thus not possible to reuse, they are recycled instead under three such recycling initiatives on its website. In addition to the return system, the company offers free repairs of jeans in selected stores and sends repair kits free of charge to customers. The RESYNTEX project. The European Union (28 countries) textile industry generates waste estimated at 16 million tons per year. Much of this waste is thrown in landfills or incinerated, with a high environmental impact and at great cost. Valuable resources held within the waste are also lost. The RESYNTEX project received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement 641942. The RESYNTEX has 20 project partners from across 10 different EU member states.In July 2018,64 companies signed the 2020 Circular Fashion System Commitment. RESYNTEX aims to create a new Circular
9 Economy concept for the textile and chemical industries. Using industrial symbiosis, it aims to produce secondary raw materials from unwearable textile waste. Other aims are: Design a complete value chain from textile waste collection through to the generation of new feedstock for chemicals and textiles; Improve collection approaches while increasing public awareness of textile waste and social involvement; Enable traceability of waste using data aggregation. The collected data will evaluate the performance of the new value chains by means of a life cycle assessment (LCA) and life cycle costing (LCC); develop innovative business models for the chemical and textile industries; demonstrate a complete reprocessing line for basic textile components, including liquid and solid waste treatment .32 Figure 3. The RESYNTEX project aims at designing, developing and demonstrating new high environmental impact industrial symbiosis between the unwearable blends and pure components of textile waste and the chemical and textile industries. Circular Economy for the durable goods sector Durable goods include product groups such as automobiles, machinery, furniture, carpets, radio, TV, communication equipments, office machinery, computers, medical equipment, etc. These product groups often contain significant quantities of rare earths, metals including precious metals, plastics and other non-renewable resources. At the same time,large amounts of energy are required to process these raw materials into refined durable goods. The potential for
10 environmental and economic savings from optimizing the resource efficiency of individual products and of durable goods industries as a whole is substantial, and prospective materials savings for these product groups have been estimated at somewhere between US$ 340 and 630 billion only at EU level.