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.

Related news

  • Call for Tenders: Ecodesign for textile – focus on minimum requirements and material efficiency

    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.

  • MEPs call on the Commission to follow civil society approach in textile strategy

    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.

  • Coronavirus strengthens case for new EU textile laws – 65 civil society groups publish joint vision

    As the European Commission is poised to start developing a new ‘comprehensive strategy for textiles’ in the coming months [1], today a group of 65 diverse civil society organisations has set out its vision [2] 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.

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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