The Policy Hub – launched by the Sustainable Apparel Coalition in collaboration with the Federation of the European Sporting Goods Industry and Global Fashion Agenda – unites the apparel and footwear industry to speak in one voice and propose policies that accelerate circular practices. The Policy Hub is excited to see the release of the European Commission’s Circular Economy Action Plan, and fully backs its focus on the textiles sector.
Although the textile industry is familiar with the concept of circular economy and sustainable business models, the release of the European Commission’s action plan reveals the new measures that the Commission plans on rolling out in the near future, such as a Textile Strategy set to be launched next year. This new action plan arrives at a time when mounting concerns over the industry’s harmful effects on the planet’s resources have reached a tangible dimension.
The Policy Hub supports this new approach adopted for our sector to improve circularity – not only during the lifecycle of products but across the entire value chain. Providing information on the sustainability of a product along with advice on end-of-life management can improve the textiles sector’s sustainable practices while at the same empowering consumers.
The Policy Hub is also pleased to hear the Commission’s intention to provide incentives to support product-service models, circular materials and circularity in the production processes. Global Fashion Agenda, Sustainable Apparel Coalition and the Federation of the European Sporting Goods Industry strongly encourage the Commission to consider a range of motives that can reward the contributions of the different circular design strategies and the different circular business models.
When it comes to end-of-life management, the Policy Hub agrees that innovation will play an important role, particularly in the uptake of a secondary raw materials market. Additionally, we cannot emphasise enough the need to establish strong foundations when defining an Extended Producer Responsibility approach for used textiles. We hope the EU can overcome the obstacles—both past and present—by implementing effective end-of-waste criteria at EU level.
Launched in May 2019 by the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, Federation of the European Sporting Goods Industry, Global Fashion Agenda and their members, the Policy Hub is funded by the C&A Foundation. It aims to unite the textiles industry and its stakeholders in developing and promoting a unified European policy framework that accelerates the transition to a circular system for the apparel and footwear industry. Between them, the three organisations represent more than 300 brands, retailers, manufacturers and other stakeholders. For more information, visit www.policyhub.org.