Consumption of clothing and home textiles in Sweden is increasing. Despite increased reuse and recycling in the form of second hand sales, textile consumption is not sustainable.
A large proportion of all clothing and home textiles sold in Sweden are produced in countries outside the EU with major environmental strains. Much of the textiles end up in household waste.
“The improvements made so far to reduce the environmental impact of textile production are not enough. The aim must be to create a sustainable system that works within the framework of the planetary boundaries, says Adrian Zethraeus, Project Manager for Re: Textile.
Re: Textile has been working for years to help companies develop new products and services that are climate-friendly and attractive to the consumer. In order for Re: textile to be able to continue this work, the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency has given SEK 3 million to the project.
“The range of durable clothing and home textiles needs to increase, and at the same time, consumers need more knowledge to demand and choose more sustainable alternatives both at the moment of purchase as well as when they want to get rid of the textile,” says Yvonne Augustsson, Managing Director at the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency.
Re: Textile is a regional initiative run by Science Park Borås at the University of Borås and is funded by the Västra Götaland region. Through the contribution of SEK 3 million, the project is now being scaled up to national level.
Picture above: Adrian Zethraeus, Project Manager for Re: Textile. Photo: Marketspace Borås.