Textiles should be the next priority for the EU’s circular economy strategy after plastics, Commission officials, experts and other stakeholders suggested at the 22nd European forum on eco-innovation in Vienna on 7-8 May.
“Preliminary results show that textiles tend to be the fourth largest polluter after housing, mobility and food,” said Lars Mortensen, an expert from the European Environment Agency (EEA).
He presented the initial findings of a pioneering EEA study into the environmental effects of textiles from the European perspective. It identifies high impacts across the value chain, although production has the biggest footprint. The EEA finds and focuses on several hotspots: carbon emissions, resource use, water, land, chemicals and microplastics. The report is due out in October.
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