23 January 2019
- Consumer Information for SCP
- Sustainable Lifestyles and Education
The global fashion and textile sector is an engine of global growth and development with a €1.5 trillion turnover in 2016, and the employment of some 60 million people (Fashion United, 2016). At the same time the consumption of textiles is the most environmentally impacting European consumption area after mobility, food and housing (EEA, 2013; JRC, 2014; Tucker et al, 2006).
There is a dire need for more sustainable approaches across the full value chain of textiles; in the way clothing is produced and marketed, how consumers gain access to and treat their clothing and through squeezing as much as possible utility out of products and the materials they contain via a circular economy.
The Nordic Council of Ministers (NCM), the intergovernmental forum for the Nordic governments has been encouraging this green transition since 2012. It has commissioned no less than 16 projects in that time. A number of these were projects were developed under the umbrella of a Nordic Action Plan for Sustainable Fashion and Textiles, Well-dressed in a Clean Environment that was adopted in 2015.