The Policy Hub welcomes the publication of the Commission’s Circular Economy Action Plan to boost circularity, and especially its focus on the textiles sector. The concept of circular economy and sustainable business models is not new to the textile industry, hence our enthusiasm for this action plan which lays the first stone towards the long-awaited Textiles Strategy. Offering a clear and harmonised framework to our sector is of paramount importance. Our planet’s resources are reaching their limits; we need to move away from business as usual.
The Policy Hub for Circular Economy in the Apparel, Footwear and Textile Industry supports the European Commission’s initiative to address the challenge of textile waste and welcomes the consideration of extended producer responsibility (EPR) as an option to implement the regulatory requirement to separately collect textiles by 2025. Nonetheless, it is important to ensure that EPR requirements stemming from the European Waste Framework Directive are workable for the fashion and active lifestyle industry and do not hamper innovation nor competitiveness in a global trade context. The Policy Hub seeks to open a dialogue with policymakers to jointly shape a common framework for an E...
A high-level event to launch the Policy Hub - Circularity for apparel and footwear
The Policy Hub – Circularity for Apparel and Footwear hosted its first workshop in Brussels on 29 January 2020.On that occasion stakeholders from the apparel and footwear system (recyclers, suppliers, companies, fiber manufacturers etc.) were gathered around one specific issue: extended producer responsibility (EPR).