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.

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Work wear report

We have produced a number of reports which outline the role of public procurers in developing circularity in this sector.

Part one was published in March 2017 and gives insight into the development of circular work wear in north-western European industry countries. European Textiles and Workwear Market Report .

Part two Embedding Circular Procurement in purchasing of workwear explores the opportunities and barriers to sharing and implementing circular procurement principles to workwear across Europe.

We have also developed a new Criteria for Socially Responsible Procurement in Workwear.


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.

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