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.
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.
ECOS sent their recommendations for the upcoming EU strategy for sustainable textiles, as part of the European Commission’s call for feedback from stakeholders. The strategy aims to help the EU shift to a climate-neutral, circular economy where products are designed to be more durable, reusable, repairable, recyclable and energy-efficient.
ECOS and Small Business Standards (SBS) published a joint paper with information about sustainability aspects of personal protective equipment and textiles – and how to make sure circularity is taken onboard in PPE-related laws and standards.