Used textile collection in European cities
The European Clothing Action Plan (ECAP) has the overall aim of reducing clothing waste across Europe and embedding a circular economy approach into Europeans’ provision, access to and consumption of clothing.
One of the work packages under ECAP aims to reduce clothing waste to landfill and incineration by increasing collection, reuse and recycling of post-consumer clothing. Engagement with municipalities is a key element in this.
As a first stage in this work package practices in six cities across Europe were studied. The findings can inspire municipalities elsewhere.
The study uncovered a wealth of approaches, both in terms of physical collection methods but also how collection and subsequent processing was organised, key messages that have been communicated to citizens and the role that municipalities have taken. Often the approach taken has been highly influenced by the background context; national and regional policy and earlier collection activities/challenges.
From old workwear to 100% recycled uniforms
Dutch family firm Schijvens has been designing, manufacturing and distributing workwear for 150 years. With support from the ECAP fibre to fibre trials, Schijvens produces workwear from recycled fibres.
Through its work with the hotel chain Stayokay, and retail discount chain HEMA, it has taken old, discarded workwear and recycled it into brand new uniforms – made from 100% recycled materials.
New workwear report released
The second part of the European Textiles and Workwear Market report ‘Embedding Circular Procurement in purchasing of workwear‘ has just been released. It explores the opportunities and barriers to sharing and implementing circular procurement principles to workwear across Europe. It also analyses the role of EU procurement National Action Plans and Green Public Procurement criteria in supporting ECAP’s mission, and examines the potential for other methods, such as policy, economics, procurement and capacity building, to deliver the benefits of more circular workwear products.
New research shows environmental impact of clothing industry in Europe
Our latest research has found that the environmental impact of clothing in Europe is very high. Six million tonnes of clothing was consumed in 2015, presenting a huge opportunity to address less wasteful practices across its life cycle.
The report ‘Mapping clothing impacts across Europe: the environmental cost’ shows how ECAP can help to reduce this environmental impact, and inspire change across Europe.
MADE-BY launches ECAP initiative in partnership with Reverse Resources
MADE-BY has launched a first-of-its-kind initiative for the European clothing sector, working in partnership with H&M Global Change Award Winner, Reverse Resources.
Research from Reverse Resources shows that manufacturers producing textiles and clothes for many of the world’s major fashion brands and retail outlets are “spilling” an average of 25% of virgin material resources, much higher than previously perceived. This figure has been supported by other organisations working in this field, including WRAP and opens up an important conversation around the management of textile leftovers – much of which is treated as waste.
This project will explore this issue and will have direct benefit for the participants and will also develop lessons for the wider industry.
Brands, retailers, and suppliers who are interested in learning more, keeping in touch or getting involved in the project can contact the MADE-BY project lead at email@example.com More information is also available at www.made-by.org.
MADE-BY and DAFI host exclusive webinar
In this webinar, fashion designers, European apparel brand,s and retailers can find out more about how ECAP can directly benefit them. MADE-BY will outline how brands and retailers can use their expertise to integrate more sustainable fibres into their product ranges. DAFI will introduce its newly launched Design For Longevity platform, supporting designers and product developers on more sustainable design practices. The webinar will take place at 15.00 CET on Wednesday 15th November. You can register your interest at firstname.lastname@example.org
DAFI launches the Design for Longevity platform
The Design for Longevity platform is now live, empowering designers, technologists, and product developers to design more sustainable, longer lasting clothes. You can sign up to the platform here: designforlongevity.com.
Copenhagen Fashion Summit
On 11 May, ECAP partners MADE-BY and DAFI are hosting a private lunch session at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit. The summit is hosted by the Global Fashion Agenda and is an opportunity for the fashion sector’s decision makers to engage with NGOs, experts, and policy leaders, and to help make sustainability within the fashion industry a strategic priority.
DAFI will be presenting the first preview of its new online design platform, which enables designers and product development teams to influence an extended life of clothing. MADE-BY will talk about its work in transforming the fibre strategies of brands and retailers. If you are interested in attending, sign up here.
There is a webinar taking place on “Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP) and the Circular Economy”, organised by REBus with ECAP, and hosted by ICLEI– Local Governments for Sustainability on Monday 13 March at 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. GMT. Register for the webinar here.
The objectives of the webinar are to:
- Introduce the concept of Circular Procurement through best practice examples selected from the project REBus;
- Report on the work of the European Commission in this area and the priorities for the next years;
- Present activities of the 10YFP on SPP Working Group 4c “Promoting Resource Efficient Business Models and Circular Economy”;
- Report on the case studies in the textile sector by Barbara van Offenbeek of Rijkswaterstaat (project REBus and ECAP)
Latest Press Release
23 November 2017
10 November 2016
European Clothing Action Plan announces first participants
Five leading businesses are the first brands and retailers to sign up to the European Clothing Action Plan (ECAP), a Europe-wide sustainable clothing plan which launched in May 2016.
21st October 2015
New €3.6 million textiles project to be launched across Europe
A new project led by WRAP launches today which aims to increase environmental and economic benefits by reducing the carbon, water and waste footprints of clothing in the EU.
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