Danish EPA collaborates with fashion and textile industry to support circular economy

The Danish Environmental Protection Agency (DEPA) has concluded a voluntary collaboration with 10 of the country’s fashion and textile businesses to commit to selling a larger percentage of their output based on recycled materials, among other objectives aimed at supporting the circular economy, by the year 2030. The initiative seeks to anticipate the European Union’s upcoming sustainable textiles strategy and may serve as an early example of how public-private partnerships in the EU can contribute toward combating climate change.

Textiles’ toll on the environment

  • In 2020 alone, greenhouse gas emissions totaling 121 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) were generated through the production of textiles consumed in the European Union. This translates into 270 kilograms CO2e per person. The European Environment Agency (EEA) reported these statistics in a February 2022 briefing that advances a transition toward “a circular textile production and consumption system.”

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