Webinar: Pulling the thread on the fashion industry

12th February 2021

On 27th January 2021 Eunomia held a webinar with Brussels-based public affairs agency ADS Insight on textiles sustainability, specifically how the upcoming EU Strategy for Textiles will implement legislation that will have a significant impact on fashion brands.

In total, 145 people attended the webinar including policy-makers, fashion brands, NGOs, local authorities and fashion students, with much engagement from participants throughout the webinar.

The webinar covered:

  • The environmental and social impact of the fashion industry
  • What measures the EU is proposing to improve sustainability in the sector
  • How Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) could be used to improve the management of textiles and clothing at their end of life
  • How fashion business models can change to support a circular economy.

Speakers included:

  • Nusa Urbancic, Campaigns Director, Changing Markets Foundation
  • Tina Ajdic, Senior Adviser on ADS Insight
  • Joe Papineschi, Chairperson, Eunomia
  • Tara Luckman, Co-founder, Flourish CSR

The full recording of the webinar is available here:

We are continuing to expand our focus in the area of fashion and textiles sustainability, and our expertise on EPR, end-of-life waste management options and the circular economy make us well placed to help companies adapt to new requirements they will be expected to meet. Our consultants have experience working on issues across all aspects of the supply chain, from sustainable material sourcing and life cycle analysis, to designing EPR systems and exploring textile recycling options.

We have worked extensively with a number of clients, including the European Commission and UK Research and Innovation, on a variety of projects regarding textiles sustainability, with some of the most significant including:

Changing Markets Foundation – The Sustainability of Oil-based Synthetic Fibres for Clothing (2021) – This study provides a robust understanding of the main sustainability issues linked with virgin and recycled synthetic fibres in the clothing sector, including an analysis fibre-to-fibre mechanical and chemical recycling technologies, and a review of the key issues and challenges concerning microfibres.

GIZ – Support on EPR schemes for textiles and mattresses for Greece (2021) – The study identifies EU best practices in EPR for textiles and mattresses and proposes specific recommendations and proposals for the preparation of a Joint Ministerial Decision (JMD) for the setup of EPR schemes for mattresses and textiles in Greece, as well as national Roadmaps for textiles and mattresses.

DG Environment, European Commission – Support for the upcoming Commission Initiative towards an EU product policy framework supportive of Circular Economy (2019)This study examined a wide range of product groups in-depth, including textiles, to establish the range of integrated policy instruments needed to fill gaps in circular economy drivers. The work informed the development of the new Circular Economy Action Plan.

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) – Plastics Roadmap Future Opportunities and Needs in the UK Plastics Supply Chain (2019/2020)This included a review of opportunities for textiles in the circular economy, including all aspects of durability, reuse, repair and recycling of garments and carpets.

WRAP Cymru – Review of the UK Textiles Recycling Market (2017) – This work provided a review of the current market situation for textiles and clothing, including the scope for increasing the recycling of textiles.

Zero Waste Scotland – Mattress EPR: A Review of Global Schemes (2019) – Research to better understand the existing EPR schemes for mattresses and how their components might relate to a Scottish scheme. We are keen to consider the potential extension of a Scottish scheme to cover the rest of the UK. The output of this research will support future work.

Changing Markets – Review of Carpet Waste Management in the UK (2019)Review and research into progress under the CRUK voluntary agreement, including the reality of recycling, downcycling and energy from waste markets.