Textiles sector

European textile consumption is the fourth largest cause of environmental pollution and climate change after food production, housing and mobility. Especially in the fashion industry, consumption has more than doubled since 2000; the wearing time of clothing has halved on average. With the publication of the EU Textile Strategy in March 2022, the European Commission set out its vision on sustainable and circular textiles in 2030. A large number of measures have been identified to implement the transformation towards a circular textile economy.

Circular design, sustainable production, circular textile economy and even new business models are all important issues that contribute to a transformation of the textile industry.

With the publication of the revision of the Waste Framework Directive in July 2023, the EU Commission has taken its vision into account and proposed the mandatory introduction of extended producer responsibility (EPR) for textiles. Furthermore, the Netherlands has introduced an EPR system for textiles as of 01.07.2023. Italy, Spain as well as Germany are currently preparing the introduction, all other member states will start successively based on the framework.

As a manufacturer or distributor of textiles, you will assume a responsible role in an EPR system in the future. Depending on the country-specific design, you can assume your responsibility in different ways. As an internationally active company, this can therefore mean that you need to keep an eye on different requirements. I unscramble the complexity and help you to fulfill your responsibilities in a sustainable way.

  • Elaboration for the fulfilment of duties
  • Strategic consulting for the choice of multiple solutions
  • Coordination with PROs and other take-back solutions

In order for you to be able to implement circular economy in your business, cooperation with actors in textile recycling sector is becoming increasingly important in this context. Here, I can help you understand the mechanisms and regulations of the used textiles market, enter into partnerships and develop customised concepts and solutions for the perception of your product responsibility.

  • Strategic planning
  • Establishment and implementation of take-back systems
  • Establishment of cooperation in textile recycling
  • Development of alternative measures for promoting collection and recycling activities
  • Selection and monitoring of suitable service providers