New rules to clean up clothing on the horizon
New green rules for textiles as part of the EU’s plan to move Europe away from the ‘take-make-use-throw away’ economy are on the way.
The EU is consuming as if we had three planets, putting huge pressure on our natural resources. And overproduction and overconsumption of fashion makes a huge contribution to these dangerous levels of resource extraction.
In its Circular Economy Action Plan, published in March 2020, the European Commission flagged textiles as a ‘key product category’ for new legislative initiatives.
Europe’s own environment agency reports that after food, housing and transport, textiles are the fourth largest cause of environmental pressure with 675 million tonnes of materials being used every year to produce the clothing, footwear and household textiles consumed in the EU. Yet data shows that globally 73% of all textiles end up in landfill or incineration.