Circ Launches Circ-Ready Community to Scale Adoption of Circ Materials

June 24, 2024

Featuring global supply chain partners with the demonstrated ability to utilize Circ materials, including AGI Denim, MAS Holdings, Selenis, Pyratex, Giotex, etc.

Danville, Virginia (June 20, 2024) Circ®, a US-based textile-to-textile recycling innovator, announced the launch of Circ®-Ready, an exclusive community of global supply-chain partners who have demonstrated their ability to make high-quality, better-for-the-planet solutions for fashion brands using Circ materials. The inaugural Circ-Ready partners include AGI Denim, Foshan Chicley Textile Co., Ltd., Giotex, Marubeni Corporation, MAS Holdings, PYRATEX®, Selenis, SHINJINTEX, Soorty Denimkind, Tainan Spinning Co., Ltd., and Taiwan Textile Research Institute (TTRI). 

Consisting of processors, manufacturers, and other vital industry players across tiers 1-4, each Circ-Ready partner has undergone a testing process to replace virgin inputs with Circ’s products, proving the ability to utilize Circ products in their existing operations and produce premium materials as a result. Being a member of the Circ-Ready community provides partners the opportunity to work with pilot-stage Circ products, receive ongoing support from Circ’s technical experts, and be among the first recommended by Circ when brands and partners seek to utilize Circ material. 

“Being able to announce Circ-Ready with such a robust and well-rounded group of partners is transformational for our next stage of growth,” Peter Majeranowski, CEO of Circ. “It also speaks to the positive shift taking place within the fashion industry. As consumers demand better sustainable fashion options, and brands and retailers make public commitments to source more recycled and next-gen materials, manufacturers who proactively choose to operationalize the use of Circ’s recycled material have an advantage. Having experience producing top quality products from Circ materials and access to recycled products creates a competitive edge over others who are slow to adopt recycled materials.” 

The Circ-Ready community is a selected group of partners who have a proven positive track record and commitment to working with Circ recycled products and have been individually evaluated for industry success. Circ-Ready partners work alongside the Circ team of experts to adequately test and utilize Circ fibers, exceeding quality standards from end to end. To promote transparency and ensure the integrity of Circ products, each Circ-Ready partner provides a commitment to relevant best-in-class certifications for recycled products.

Circ is the leader in blended textile-to-textile recycling, a known challenge for the industry. Each year, tens of millions of tons of polycotton textile waste is landfilled or burned because existing recycling solutions cannot separate the plastic from the natural fiber and recover both materials. Circ’s innovative recycling technology is the only platform to successfully separate polycotton blended textile waste and recover both cellulosic and synthetic fibers. Circ’s primary fiber outputs are regenerated Circ Lyocell and Circ Polyester from textile waste. 

As Circ begins to implement its transformational technology, it is inviting partners that demonstrate product quality, reinforce its mission, and embrace the changing state of the fashion industry with creativity and enthusiasm. To submit an inquiry about the Circ-Ready program, visit www.circ.earth/circ-ready. 

FROM THE CIRC-READY COMMUNITY  

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Henry Wong, VP, Product Development & Marketing at AGI Denim:

We are thrilled to lead the charge with Circ-Ready. Circ represents the next generation of solutions addressing fashion’s biggest challenges, including microplastic pollution and circularity. By championing technologies like Circ, AGI Denim aims to connect raw materials to final products, maximizing the potential for scalable innovation.”

Victor Li, General Manager at Foshan Chicley Textile Co.,: 

“We expect recycled material from finished garments to become a popular trend in the next 5-10 years. So, it is exciting that Chicley can join the transition and be part of this production chain, putting us in a position to stay ahead of this revolutionary fashion era. Also, through Circ, we can contribute to protecting the earth from the cost of clothing.”

“Nowadays, the textile industry is fierce with competition. We are all working hard to upgrade and differentiate our products. Joining the Circ-Ready community helps position us as industry leaders and ensures  valuable support to begin producing products with Circ fibers.”

“Production chain is important to a company, and now many companies struggle to find collaborative suppliers. Circ-Ready provides a solution by enabling a good production chain that ensures high-quality products are produced.”

Giorgio Dissegna, President at Giotex:

“Giotex is the premier producer of certified textile-to-textile recycled cotton in the Americas.  Integrating Circ’s rPET and rMMCF fibers into our suite of sustainable yarns and fabrics will offer apparel brands the strongest circular-textile solution available in the market.”

“The Circ-Ready platform will create the critical industry links needed to help lower our sector’s carbon footprint.”

Kazuyoshi Hosoi, General Manager of Rubber & Industrial Materials Department at Marubeni Corporation: 

“We are pleased to be invited to join the Circ-Ready community and the opportunity it affords us to stimulate sustainable business. We value Circ-Ready for enhancing awareness of Circ’s technology to consumers and wish great success of the campaign.”

Nemanthie Kooragamage, Director, Group Sustainable Business at MAS Holdings: 

“What we are most excited about is that Circ provides a holistic solution for our polycotton blended waste, keeping both materials in use. It also unlocks further opportunities to realize the versatility of circular man-made cellulosic materials. Because we believe the current textile value chain and processes need to be redefined to be planet and people positive, we hope that partnering with Circ can be a strong and meaningful step in that journey.”

“Brands need to see product in the form that they buy it and we believe initiatives like Circ-Ready have the potential to drive conversion.”

Regina Polanco, Founder and CEO of Pyratex: : 

“We are proud to be a Circ-Ready partner and to be part of the community around this circular solution.”

“Circ-Ready will make it easier for Fashion Brands to connect with the right member, regardless of the product that they are sourcing. We are excited to bring our clients, which are Fashion Brands, high-quality knit fabrics and garments made with Circ’s next-gen fibers, all produced through our certified and local supply chain in Europe and in Mexico.”

Eduardo Santos, Head of Corporate Strategy at Selenis: 

“The Circ-Ready community is a unique tool that allows partners across the textile-to-textile value chain to stay connected, have a preferential choice in quality chemical recycled products, and accelerate circularity.”

“The connection and visibility that Circ-Ready can trigger with bigger brand owners who understand chemically recycled PET from Selenis—that uses TPA from Circ—will be key for a more sustainable fashion industry. Circ-Ready also allows for chemical recycled products to have consistent quality and traceability across the value chain.”

YK Youn, President at SHINJINTEX

“As a mill specializing in natural fiber with a special interest in sustainable, regenerative fibers, we believe being a part of the Circ-Ready community will help us gain access to even greater opportunities.”

“Currently, there are millions of tons of clothing waste in the world. Recycling and upcycling are vital components of reducing our waste footprint and ensuring a clean earth for the next generation. That is why we think solutions like Circ are so valuable. To be able to fully textile-to-textile recycle polycotton is nothing short of a miracle. And these are the kinds of work that align with our company values.” 

Asad Soorty, Director at Soorty Denimkind:

“The fashion industry is desperate for change, and it seems like Circ is the answer to its cry for help. Circ has cracked the toughest part of the circular case puzzling innovators worldwide – separating poly cotton blends. It’s almost as if Circ has unlocked a cheat code. We’re Circ-Ready and eagerly awaiting to take this technology to scale”.

Lin, Wei-hsiang, Section Chief of Department of Raw Materials and Fibers at TTRI: 

“TTRI is the top textile research institute in Taiwan, with the goal of becoming a global leader in advanced textile technology, testing and verification, and industry information development services. Collaborating with Circ can strengthen TTRI’s connections with international institutions and enhance the institute’s reputation.”

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