With increased awareness, keeping clothes longer, buying second hand, mending clothes instead of buying new ones, and passing on clothes you have grown tired of, as a consumer, you help to reduce the climate footprint. But what about companies? What can we do? We have to prepare for proposed legislation covering producer responsibility and textile recycling.
New laws and systems are in the pipeline for textile recycling
According to OmVärlden, Sweden’s leading magazine on global issues, nine kilos of textile per person/year are thrown away in the EU. In order for clothes and textiles not to end up at rubbish tips (for incineration), the EU, in addition to producer responsibility, also requires all member states to legislate and introduce systems for textile recycling. And this is not so far off – everything must be in place by 2025. Is this news to you? Well, Sweden has been hesitant to decide.
Birgitta Losman, a researcher at the Swedish School of Textiles in Borås, was appointed by the Swedish government to examine the issue of producer responsibility. A proposal was presented in December 2020, and there was hope that the new legislation would come into effect as early as 2024, as Sweden really wants to be seen as a forerunner country. This is how Birgitta Losman puts it in an interview with OmVärlden: “Sweden has now lost the Yellow Jersey on this question, which is a real pity, as there is already a proposal, which is backed by industry, and which has also gained acceptance with non-profit organisations. Instead, we’ve ummed and ahhed over the study for 18 months now.”
Sporda Nonwoven first in Sweden with Airlay technology
When Sweden’s legislative bill for textile recycling is finally ready, so will all of us at Sporda Nonwoven be. With the help of the Swedish Consumer Agency’s Klimatklivet (Climate Leap) programme we have equipped our new facility in Värnamo with airlay technology. We are the first in Sweden with this process. Investing in this type of production line means that we can use textile waste as a raw material.