Textiles currently have a negative impact on the environment, with a very small percentage being recycled successfully. Recycled textiles are usually downcycled, and globally only about 1% of textiles are recycled to a fiber or cradle state suitable for creating new materials. Additional environmental challenges include the release of micro-fibers and other pollutants into water sources during production, use, and the post-consumption phase. At CIRTex, we are collaborating with various municipal bodies and international grant programs to explore the potential of a circular economy approach – using one industry’s waste as another’s raw material. We are examining how government agencies can become stakeholders and active participants in making textile production more cyclical.