ECOS actively participates in the development of policy and standards applying to textiles. Our goal is to limit negative impacts of textile products on the environment, ensuring that standards and legislation contribute to a circular textile economy, including more durable design of (non-toxic) textile products as well as cleaner production and closed-loop recycling. We strive to make sure that textiles on the EU market are circular, durable and produced in a sustainable way, free of hazardous chemicals.
ECOS seeks to commission a study to identify and specify minimum requirements for circular textiles, focusing specifically on material efficiency aspects (primarily focusing on durability, some aspects of reusability, repairability, recyclability) and exploring ways to drive more environmentally responsible design of textile products through policy and standard recommendations.
A group of 53 Members of the European Parliament (MEP) from across the political spectrum has written a letter to Commissioners Sinkevičius, Hogan, Reynders, and Urpilainen endorsing civil society’s approach to rethinking the global textile value chain.
As the European Commission is poised to start developing a new ‘comprehensive strategy for textiles’ in the coming months , today a group of 65 diverse civil society organisations has set out its vision  for the global Textile, Garments, Leather and Footwear (TGLF) sector. They have done so by releasing a non-official (or “shadow”) strategy in which they propose a set of legislative and non-legislative actions that the EU can undertake to contribute to fairer and more sustainable TGLF value chains.