TEXILES ECOSYSTEM STAKEHOLDERS EVENT

· Textile Labelling and its regulation with the different tools of transparency in the textile industry.

· A key point we take home is that in a competitive, resilient and innovative sector, producers take responsibility for their products in the value chain.

Yesterday, 4 June 2024, from Textil4all we assisted at The Textiles Ecosystem Stakeholder Event. The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship & SMEs (DG GROW) hosted this super interesting stakeholder event, which served as both, a space for easing connections while for the Commision to share their updates on the EU Strategy for Sustainable and Circular Textiles.

We enjoyed a networking lunch in which we got to know different personalities from diverse projects and initiatives focused on improving the current textile sector situation.

Right off the bat, we were delighted to hear some remarks on the sustainable and competitive textiles ecosystem, led by @Amaryllis Verhoeven, Acting Director, European Comission, DG for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs. After this, then moved on to the current situation in Brussels, including hot topics such as the Ecodesign for Sustainable Products, Waste and Waste Shipment and highlighting the Textile Labelling and its regulation with the different tools of transparency in the textile industry, topic brought on by Antonio de Sousa Maia, GROW G1.

Moreover, moving on to Market surveillance, Counterfeiting and Intellectual Property rights and the Transition Pathway for the Textile’[LB1] s ecosystem, panel in which representatives from outstanding brands as Inditex (Chad Jeudy) and Adidas (Diego Antoncic), between others, shared their company’s commitment towards a greener and more circular future and their good practices.

And of course, looking ahead, there was a future looking and hope spreading panel on what’s coming next for the textile’s ecosystem, in which partnerships on textiles under horizon Europe were present, as well as highlighting Dirk Vantyghem’s participation on this panel regarding the EU Pact for Skills for the Textiles Ecosystem.

The main key points we take home are that in a competitive, resilient and innovative sector, producers take responsibility for their products in the value chain. Also, this quote made us reflect “Fast fashion is out of fashion” consumers benefit longer from high quality textiles.

From Textil4all we are more than thankful for being able to take part in this kind of events, which we consider essential to make the textile sector an engine for positive change!

Textil4all is part of the European Erasmus+ program funded by SEPIE-Spanish Service for the Internationalization of Education with a budget of 60,000 euros and a duration of 19 months. Led by Educación, cultura y solidaridad (Spain), the project counts with Envolve (Greece) and Finnova Foundation (Belgium) as partners.

About Educación Cultura y Solidaridad (ECyS)
Educación Cultura y Solidaridad is a non-profit association whose mission is to promote the integral development of people so that they can be protagonists of their own history and collaborate in the construction of social problems, promoting participation and local development for a fairer world and an inclusive society. To this end, it carries out actions of socio-educational intervention with people and groups with greater difficulty of inclusion, promoting their empowerment. The Centre is consolidated and recognised in San Cristóbal de los Ángeles (Madrid) as a point of reference for families, children and young people from different backgrounds and young people at risk of exclusion, to whom it offers the possibility of socio-professional and academic training.

About ENVOLVE
Envolve is a global organisation that supports entrepreneurship and innovation. Envolve Greece is part of Libra Social Responsibility, with initiatives offering educational and entrepreneurial opportunities, including support for RSL’s activities in response to the refugee crisis. Envolve is a member of the Ecosystex network (part of the European Technology Platform for the Future of Textiles and Clothing) and offers programmes that support entrepreneurship and sustainable enterprises.

About Finnova

The Finnova Foundation is a Spanish-Belgian non-profit organisation created in 2009 with the aim of promoting innovation both regionally and locally across Europe, and internationally through partner countries. Finnova focuses especially on innovation in the fields of new technologies or business models related to environmental sustainability and social inclusion.

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