~ Bringing a beautiful earth to children ~
Due to the economic activities of humankind, the global environment continues to deteriorate, and global warming is a long-awaited situation. Among them, the garbage problem is a major cause of environmental destruction. It's amazing that textile waste accounts for 14% of the world's waste. The recycling rate of textiles in Japan is only 17.5%. Every year, 1.37 million tonnes of textile waste is thrown away or burned. In 2019, 2.85 billion pieces of clothes were made, 1.48 billion pieces were unsold, and they were discarded as new without passing through the sleeves. In addition, waste materials generated in the process of making clothes, such as spinning factories and sewing factories, are treated as industrial waste. Given this situation, I thought that utilizing textile waste as a resource was the first step toward a sound material-cycle society.
We at CCF do not waste clothes. Start by making paper from clothing waste and using it.
Even if fiber waste is recycled into fiber, the recycling rate is as low as 17.5%. Compared to that, the paper recovery rate is 85% and the used paper utilization rate is 67%. Paper is much more recyclable. Paper is used everywhere in our lives. There is a rich paper culture and history created by the Japanese. Please participate in our activities to realize a sound material-cycle society.
* Source: Kojima Fashion Marketing Survey
Achievements in turning textile waste into paper
Chieko Watanabe, the representative of CCF, started making recycled cotton paper in 1995 using the fallen cotton discharged in the process of manufacturing cotton wool. As a result, we succeeded in producing photographic paper with good printability using 20% fallen cotton and 80% wood pulp. So far, it has been widely used for pamphlets of the Japan Organic Cotton Association and business cards, envelopes, and pamphlets of Avanti Co., Ltd.
In September 2021, we established the general incorporated association CCF (Circular Cotton Factory) together with our colleagues in order to utilize that experience and utilize the enormous amount of textile waste that is discarded all over the world as a resource.
CCF is working on new technology development.
With the cooperation of Fuji Kyowa Paper Co., Ltd. and Shinsei Pulp & Paper Co., Ltd., we have developed CCP (circular cotton paper) [Western paper] with high printing characteristics of 50% waste cotton and 50% wood pulp. CCF business cards and pamphlets also use this paper.
In addition, Nakahara Shoten, a manufacturer of Inshu Japanese paper in Tottori Prefecture, has succeeded in producing CCP [Washi] with [70% waste cotton]. Morishika, a Tosa Japanese paper manufacturer in Kochi Prefecture, has also succeeded in manufacturing CCP [Washi] using [70% waste cotton, 30% wood pulp]. CCF is actively developing a variety of papers to suit different purposes, while also emphasizing waste traceability.