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 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.

What we are working on

  • Contribute to the policy discussions on the upcoming EU Comprehensive Textile Strategy.
    • 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.
  • Contribute to the European Civil Society Strategy on Fair and Sustainable Textiles and the coalition behind it.
  • Support the development of standards for circular design, methods to determine recycled content, high-quality textile-to-textile recycling, and labelling on durability and recyclability.

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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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