Achieving sustainable production and consumption of textiles calls for fundamental changes in the heavily polluting textile industry. Six Nordic projects have addressed key issues linked to this transition, including education of designers on sustainability and recyclability, transparency about use of chemicals, and more recycling. One of the outcomes is Safer Textiles – a tool to control and manage the use of chemicals in textile supply chains.
The projects are part of the Nordic action plan for sustainable fashion and textiles – Well dressed in a clean environment, which was launched under the Danish presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2015. The main results were presented at the conference Taking the pulse of the Nordic fashion and textile industry 2018, held in Copenhagen on 2 February.
“These six projects tap into different parts of the textile value chain,” says Anne-Mette Bendsen of Miljøstyrelsen, the Danish Environmental Protection Agency. “Our education initiative focuses on the design phase, in which many of the decisions that determine a product’s environmental impact are made. We’ve addressed information about production processes and the use of chemicals throughout the supply chain, and explored ways in which to encourage lifecycle thinking, sustainable consumption, and textile-to-textile recycling.”
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