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RSA workshop explores carpet for a circular economy


Carpet manufacturers were encouraged to consider realigning carpet along circular economy principles at the industry's first ever hands-on workshop organised by Carpet Recycling UK.

The Great Recovery Event was led by circular economy expert Mark Shayler of the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce), and attended by CRUK Steering committee members. The workshop explored product sustainability across the entire supply chain including design, composition materials and longevity. A thought-provoking 'teardown session' involved taking apart garments, shoes and participants' carpet products to consider how they could be redesigned for reuse or material recovery.

Mark Shayler proposed that a non-linear approach to carpet design would prioritise maximum longevity and ease of cleaning, or that products requiring a shorter life might be single materials or recoverable through other strategies.

CRUK Director Laurance Bird commented: "Carpet is a challenging composite material to recycle, so this was a great opportunity to focus on innovative design and manufacturing for the future." The event stemmed from a talk given by Sophie Thomas of the RSA at the annual conference in July.


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