One of the most challenging issues we face to become truly circular is to reinvent how we design, make, use and recycle textile.
The EU states that:
“In clothes and furniture, medical and protective equipment, buildings and vehicles, textiles are the fabric of everyday life. European consumption of textiles has the fourth highest impact on the environment and climate change, after food, housing and mobility. It is the third sector for higher use of water and land use, and fifth for the use of primary raw materials and greenhouse gas emissions. The average European throws away 11 kg of textiles every year. Around the world, a truckload of textiles is landfilled or incinerated every single second. Global textiles production almost doubled between 2000 and 2015, and the consumption of clothing and footwear is expected to increase by 63% by 2030. In parallel with this relentless expansion, negative impacts on resources, water, energy consumption, and the climate continue to grow. The need to address the production and consumption of textiles is now more urgent than ever before.”
The European Union has announced an ambitious strategy for sustainable and circular textiles to push for real change. At Arapaha we are excited about this positive development.
But we can and need to go faster and further.
Therefore at Arapaha:
Some of the key measures of the EU strategy include:
Tight controls on greenwashing, with stricter rules to protect consumers and direct links to the upcoming Green Claims Initiative.
More information on the EU Strategy for Sustainable and Circular Textile can be found here.