Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), is leading a new £4 million (US$4.75m) project that aims to accelerate ‘closed-loop recycling’ in the apparel and textile sectors.

The government research body is inviting applications from companies with solutions that can feasibly reduce landfilled waste by increasing the proportion of post-consumer textiles that are recycled and fed back into fashion supply chains.

“The aim of this competition is to fund a research and development activity demonstrator. This will demonstrate new technologies, services, processes and business models capable of addressing the recycling and sorting challenges,” UKRI said in a statement.