Of key interest to collectors of used textiles and policymakers looking for codes of conduct that ensure transparent and responsible textile collection and handling.

A comprehensive 3rd party certification system for collectors of used textiles was developed and piloted under this initiative.

Implemented in

  • Europe and Central Asia

Sectors of activity
Consumer Goods, Waste, incl. Chemicals, Public Procurement

Type of initiative
Capacity Building & Implementation, Policy Frameworks & Tools

Type of lead actor
Government / public sector

Start date
10/01/2013

Shared by

David Watson

Senior Consultant

PlanMiljø

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Objectives

One potential obstacle to circularity in textiles is a lack of transparency on the fate of post-consumer textiles collected by organisations. This initiative aimed to tackle this by developing a voluntary certification system for textile collection organisations that can potentially give advantages in public tenders.

Activities

As collected through the One Planet Reporting

No activities have yet been reported under this initiative

Impact and Results

The initiative has produced a highly useful set of practical tools for policy makers, standardisation organisations and stakeholders in the textile value chain:

A Commitment that can be signed by all stakeholders in the textile sector that includes 6 concrete goals. One goal is to double the share of textiles put on the market that are collected seperately and to ensure that 50% of these are reused and 90% reused or recycled. The Commitment has been signed by a wide range of brands and other stakeholders in Nordic countries.

A comprehensive Certification and Verification system for 1) collectors of used textiles for reuse and 2) collectors of used textiles for reuse and recycling. This system includes a full set of criteria that cover a range of collection methods, and the subsequent sorting, recycling, reuse and sales of reused textiles and export whether this is carried out by the collector or downstream actors. It also includes a certification system, reporting formats, guidelines for 3rd party verifiers, rules on use of logos and everything else that is needed for a fully working 3rd party verification standard.

The system will be launched in the Nordic region but there is also potential for certification of collectoes in other countries. Other regions may also borrow from the system and experiences to establish similar standards in their own regions.

Next steps and how to get involved

If you are interested in establishing certification and codes of conduct for the used textile value chain, or in gaining certification under the Nordic Commitment read the Policy Brief and Final Report. If you are interested in the background and the path towards the Commitment read the first two reports.

You can also contact the current project leader Anne Fråne at IVL: anna.frane@ivl.se