Campaigners and a handful of European carpet manufacturers have called on legislators to push the industry as a whole towards a more circular business model, with increased recycling and a phase-out of hazardous substances.
“The time is ripe for a Circular Economy for carpets, but this will only happen if a mandatory approach with ambitious policies is adopted,” the pressure group Zero Waste Europe (ZWE) said on Wednesday.
The group’s statement, backed by Dutch-based manufacturers DSM-Niaga, Interface (NL) and French multinational Tarkett, followed the publication this week of a 'policy toolkit' report, commissioned by the Changing Markets Foundation, outlining options for national and EU policy makers.
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