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AEI Tèxtils participated in a roundtable to discuss the upcoming European policies towards circular economy and sustainability in the textile sector

28/02/2020

AEI Tèxtils participated in the roundtable Greening the Textile sector organized by FleishmanHillard on February 25th in Brussels.

The lunch roundtable “Greening the textile sector: challenges in a circular economy” had featured speakers from the European Commission, EURATEX, European Environmental Bureau and The Policy Hub.

Some of the discussion points during the roundtable included the fact that the textile industry is broad and diverse. The industry includes many sectors beyond fashion, including technical textiles and home textiles, which account for about 40% of textile production in Europe according to EURATEX. The European Commission expects to cover the sector in a comprehensive way including them into the strategy and action plan in the coming years.

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AEI Tèxtils has started the TEX-r-HUB project (a hub for recycling textiles for technical use in Catalonia), co-funded by the Waste Agency of Catalonia within the framework of the Promotion of the Circular Economy program. The aim of the project is to develop a sectoral study to promote the circular economy in the advanced textile materials sector in Catalonia, connecting companies in the ecosystem to facilitate the circularity of the sector.

The project aims to generate a circularity boost for the sector, mainly composed of SMEs, as new opportunities will be seeded for them to contribute to the reduction of environmental impact. The existence of a sectoral hub focused on textile recycling allows companies to manage their surplus more efficiently, to share knowledge, etc.

The first sept will be the development of a database of companies and stakeholders involved in the recycling value chain of advanced textile materials, identifying their technical recycling capabilities and their existing challenges for scaleup and growth.

Then, the cluster will invite the stakeholders to a series of co-creation sessions in order to develop a long-term strategy and workplan to scale the network into a recycling hub. The result will be a technical and economic feasibility study of the solutions proposed by the hub in Catalonia.

AEI Tèxtils has previously implemented several projects related circular economy, co-funded by previous calls from the same program of the Catalan Waste Agency.

TEX-r-HUB is the next step in the green transition with a clear sectoral orientation in developing a tool for companies to facilitate recycling.

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