EU strategy for sustainable and circular textiles

2022-08-10

Textiles are the fabric of everyday life – in clothes and furniture, medical and protective equipment, buildings and vehicles. However, urgent action is needed as their impact on the environment continues to grow. EU consumption of textiles has, on average, the fourth highest impact on the environment and climate change, after food, housing and mobility. It is also the third highest area of consumption for water and land use, and fifth highest for the use of primary raw materials and greenhouse gas emissions.

By looking at the entire lifecycle of textile products and proposing actions to change how we produce and consume textiles, the Strategy presents a new approach, addressing these issues in a harmonised manner.

Objectives

The strategy aims to create a greener, more competitive sector that is more resistant to global shocks. The Commission’s 2030 Vision for Textiles is that

  • all textile products placed on the EU market are durable, repairable and recyclable, to a great extent made of recycled fibres, free of hazardous substances, produced in respect of social rights and the environment
  • ”fast fashion is out of fashion” and consumers benefit longer from high quality affordable textiles
  • profitable re-use and repair services widely available
  • the textiles sector is competitive, resilient and innovative with producers taking responsibility for their products along the value chain with sufficient capacities for recycling and minimal incineration and landfilling

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European Commission, 10-08-22
; https://environment.ec.europa.eu/strategy/textiles-strategy_en