Speed up recycling


As part of its mission to speed up textiles and footwear recycling, Refashion innovates with three tools: the Innovation Challenge, the Refashion Recycle platform and the Recycling innovation working groups.

The 2021 Innovation Challenge


For the 2021 edition of its Innovation Challenge, Refashion partners with SoScience for its expertise in responsible open-innovation with its “The Future Of” program.


This new format devised to boost collaboration aims at fostering new solutions and addressing the recycling industrialization stakes of the Textile Industry. 

Discover the 2021 winners

The challenge :

How to produce environmentally performing materials from post-consumer non-reusable textiles and footwear that fit the market’s functional and economical needs ?

A dual mission :

1. To find and scale up innovative industrial and commercial solutions that optimise used household derived textile and footwear recycling

2. To accelerate the development of a more circular industry in synergy with other sectors (building, automobile, etc.)

The advantages of the Innovation Challenge with SoScience’s The Future Of methodology:

  • A call for projects that is multi-stakeholders and open to everyone (France and Europe, companies, social entrepreneurs, associations and non-governmental organizations, competitiveness clusters, etc.)
  • Funding for the Innovation Challenge of at least €500K per year, without shareholding requirements nor royaltie

  • A willingness to integrate Local Authorities and the entire Textile Sector’s ecosystem to co-create sustainable and local solutions

​Discover the 2021 winners

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Discover Recycle, the 1st platform connecting textiles and footwear recycling stakeholders in France and in Europe


Within the framework of its mission to accelerate clothing and footwear recycling, the French eco-organisation Refashion innovates with a tool that connects recycling professionals: from non-reusable textile feedstock mapping to the identification of transformation processes and the integration of the resulting materials into new products, Recycle by Refashion is the first step towards a secondary materials exchange.


The Refashion Recycle platform eases access to materials resulting from recycling, and the development of full-scale solutions for textiles and footwear recycling and recovery in France and in Europe.

In just 3 clicks, professionals will be able to obtain in a region of their choice, non-reusable textiles and footwear feedstock potential, recycling solutions and detailed stakeholder profiles corresponding to their request.

Discover Recycle here : https://recycle.refashion.fr/en/

Discover recycling solutions for textiles and footwear.


In order to better understand the specific stakes of textiles and footwear recycling, Refashion has drawn up two mappings illustrating current recycling processes.


Download the mapping of products including recycled textiles: version EN


Download the mapping of footwear recycling : version EN

Recycling innovation working groups


Focus on two high-potential segments: non-wovens for the automobile sector and composites. Steered by two experts, the working groups will define the virtuous processes and business models resulting in Sorting and Material Preparation experiments.


The importance of developing local large-scale industrial solutions for the recovery of non-reusable post-consumer textiles and footwear