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European Clothing Action Plan

Creating a circular approach to fashion across Europe


It’s been an exciting start to the year for ECAP. We are releasing our first textiles collections report soon, featuring best practice case studies on how to collect textiles from cities across Europe; the second part of the European Workwear report is now live; and we have a new organisation, Suitsupply, on board to join in our fibre to fibre trials. 

This year, we will be focusing on spreading ECAP’s impact further across Europe. We’re keen to hear from organisations that want to help us achieve our mission of cutting the environmental impact of clothing across Europe. If you are interested, take a look at our focus areas, and get in touch to find out more.

Best wishes,

David Rogers, Head of Products & Services, WRAP

Collecting textiles waste - new report

ECAP partner Rijkswaterstaat will soon be launching a report on textiles collections in cities, together with consultant David Watson from Plan Miljo. Rijkswaterstaat has worked with a number of municipalities to develop the report, and it will feature good practice case studies of several European cities. For example, in Antwerp, the set-up of collections via second hand shops saw an increase in collections by 12% in one year. 

Following the publication, Rijkswaterstaat will host meetings across Europe to share the lessons learnt and to encourage cities and municipalities to improve their own collection rates. Get in touch if you are interested in finding out more.

European Textiles and Workwear Market report - part two
The second part of the European Textiles and Workwear Market report
'Embedding Circular Procurement in purchasing of workwear' has just been released. It explores the opportunities and barriers to sharing and implementing circular procurement principles to workwear across Europe. It also analyses the role of EU procurement National Action Plans and Green Public Procurement criteria in supporting ECAP’s mission, and examines the potential for other methods, such as policy, economics, procurement, and capacity building, to deliver the benefits of more circular workwear products. 

Read the report

Suitsupply joins ECAP
We are very proud to announce that Suitsupply, who provide high-end menswear tailoring, have joined the fibre to fibre pilot trials as our latest participant. Suitsupply, a young company with over 90 shops on three continents will join us with their project “Resuit”. The pilot will focus on finding circular solutions to two significant streams of worn out garments: blue and grey woolen suits, and white cotton shirts. We warmly welcome them to ECAP and very much look forward to collaborating to make textiles more circular. 

Sustainable design takes off
Over 900 people have signed up to the Design for Longevity platform since its launch. The free online platform for designers and product developers supports a move towards more sustainable design, offering inspirations, best practice and industry examples of more sustainable fashion. With more people joining every day, we expect to reach and exceed our target of 1000 users very soon.

Join Design for Longevity
Reaching out to young people
Our research has found that young consumers in London are interested in environmental issues in relation to fashion – but unfortunately they lack the budget, motivation, and time to make significant changes to how they buy, care for, and dispose of their clothes. 

In 2018, ECAP partner the London Waste and Recycling Board will be working in schools and universities across London to inspire and incentivise change. The team will be talking about the impact of fast fashion on the environment, and will share solutions on how young people can help keep clothes out of landfill.
If you would like to hear more about the results of our research, please get in touch
MADE-BY and Reverse Resources tackle supply chain waste
MADE-BY is working with H&M Foundation Global Change Award Winner, Reverse Resources, to engage apparel brands, retailers and manufacturers in reducing waste. The partnership aims to reduce production spill and assess the value of production leftovers in apparel supply chains. 

Research shows that manufacturers producing textiles and clothes for many of the world’s major fashion brands and retail outlets are “spilling” an average of 25% of virgin material resources, which is much higher than previously perceived. The figure opens up an important conversation around the management of textile leftovers – much of which is wasted.

This project will have direct benefit for the participants and will also develop lessons for the wider industry. Get in touch if you'd like to be involved. 
From old workwear to 100% recycled uniforms
Dutch family firm Schijvens has been designing, manufacturing and distributing workwear for 150 years. With support from the ECAP fibre to fibre trials, Schijvens produces workwear from recycled fibres. 

Through its work with the hotel chain Stayokay, and retail discount chain HEMA, it has taken old, discarded workwear and recycled it into brand new uniforms – made from 100% recycled materials. 
Read the full interview here
Training in sustainable apparel
ECAP supporter, The Sustainable Fashion Academy, is launching its online sustainable apparel course this January, designed for textile and apparel professionals. The course, The Sustainability Fundamentals, provides the foundational understanding of sustainable apparel challenges and practices, helping prepare staff for critical sustainable apparel business choices.

You can find out more here
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