Circular Economy


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, reusable, and repairable design of (non-toxic) textile products as well as cleaner production. We strive to make sure that textiles on the EU market are circular, durable and produced in a sustainable way, free of hazardous chemicals.

What we are working on

  • Contribute to the policy discussions on the upcoming EU Sustainable Textile Strategy and Sustainable Products Initiative
    • Push for the establishment of a robust policy strategy on circular textiles, that includes an integrated product policy addressing all environmental aspects throughout the value chain;
    • Promote minimum requirements for textiles placed on the EU market;
    • Advocate for the introduction of Extended Producer Responsibility for manufacturers, to set up take-back schemes prioritising preparation for reuse and closed-loop recycling;
    • Call for a standardised, consistent and reliable environmental labelling scheme for textiles.
  • Contribute to the European Civil Society Strategy on Fair and Sustainable Textiles and the work of the coalition behind it, and participate in the activities of the Wardrobe Change campaign
  • Support the development of definitions and standards for circularity in textiles, covering material efficiency aspects (durability, repairability, reuse, recyclability). Help to create methods to determine recycled content, high-quality textile-to-textile recycling, as well as labelling on durability and recyclability


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Related news

  • Ecodesign requirements for textiles are a crucial step towards stopping fast fashion

    Mandatory ecodesign requirements for textiles and textile products are an essential tool to reduce the environmental impacts of the textiles sector and make the industry circular. Before they are put on the market, clothes should comply with concrete requirements for minimum lifetimes, as well as durability, reusability, repairability and recyclability. In addition, requirements should prevent the presence of hazardous and toxic chemicals, and limit microplastics release at all stages.

  • Watch our webinar on ecodesign for circular textiles!

    Did you know that ecodesign requirements for circular textiles can be the key driving factor towards a more environmentally friendly textiles production? Watch our webinar and learn about the textiles policies and standards needed to protect our planet - before it turns into the ultimate fashion victim. 

  • MEPs want true circularity – Why the European Parliament’s call for binding consumption targets could be a turning point

    9 February 2021 was a big day for the environment. Members of the European Parliament had the courage to say it as it is: the EU will only achieve a truly sustainable circular economy if we stop overconsuming. They clearly pointed to the key missing piece of the puzzle, calling for the introduction of two binding targets to significantly reduce the EU’s material and consumption footprints by 2030.

Contact person

Valeria Botta
Programme Manager+32 2 893 08 64

ECOS is co-funded by the European Commission and EFTA

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