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The UNSW SMaRT Centre's Green Ceramics innovation was part of a special textiles recycling exhibit and round table event at Parliament House, Canberra.
SMaRT participated in the one day event at the invitation of Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley, who had announced that government and industry will host a National Clothing Textile Waste Roundtable and Exhibit with fashion industry and other stakeholders to initiate action on clothing textile waste.
The public clothing textile waste exhibition promoting the challenges and opportunities for textile waste was set up to support the roundtable at Parliament House on 26 May.
SMaRT's exhibit of its Green Ceramics technology that reforms waste textiles and glass into stylish products for the built environment was co-located with collaboration partner Textiles Recyclers Australia.
Minister Ley, her Assistant Minister Trevor Evans, many Members of Parliament and other stakeholders attended the event, to learn about waste recycling challenges and innovations.
Minister Ley announced on the day the Government would prioritise clothing textile waste and invest $1 million to fund a new grant round under the National Product Stewardship Investment Fund, to help address the hundreds of thousands of tonnes of plastic waste generated from our clothing is entering landfill every year.