Textile strategy

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EESK:s yttrande: Textile strategy

Practical information

1. Composition of the study group

2. Administrator / Assistant in charge: Gerald KLEC / Julia POURCEAU

3. Contact

Gist of the Commission document

The Strategy implements commitments made under the European Green Deal, the new Circular Economy Action Plan and the Industrial Strategy, and aims to create a greener, more competitive and more modern sector, more resistant to global shocks. The Strategy proposes actions for the entire lifecycle of textiles products, while supporting the ecosystem in the green and digital transitions. It addresses the way textiles are designed and consumed. Some of the measures include:

  • New design requirements for textiles under the Ecodesign for Sustainable Products Regulation, setting mandatory minimums for the inclusion of recycled fibres in textiles, making them longer-lasting, and easier to repair and recycle. The proposal would also ban the destruction of unsold products under certain conditions.
  • Clearer information on textiles and a Digital Product Passport based on mandatory information requirements on circularity and other key environmental aspects.
  • Tight controls on greenwashing, with stricter rules to protect consumers and direct links to the upcoming Green Claims Initiative.
  • Action to address the unintentional release of microplastics from textiles.
  • Harmonised EU rules on extended producer responsibility for textiles, and economic incentives to make products more sustainable (“eco-modulation of fees).
  • Support to research, innovation and investments and to the development of the skills needed for the green and digital transitions.
  • Addressing the challenges related to halting the export of textile waste.
  • The co-creation of a Transition Pathway for the Textiles Ecosystem.