Clothes affect the environment, in particular climate and water, throughout their life cycle. This programme will provide the Swedish fashion industry with the tools it needs to become competitive by turning sustainability into a commercial advantage. Research covers everything from policy instruments and strategies for systemic change to new design tools, textile fibres with less impact on the environment, and new ideas on textiles recycling.
Emma Östmark of RISE Research Institutes of Sweden took over as programme director. One key task was to compile all the research and ensure that the results are put to good use when the initiative is concluded, as it soon will be.
A report was published in May, investigating changes in supply chains on the global market for discarded textiles. The results had a strong international impact.
In cooperation with the Filippa K company, designer garments with life cycle analyses were displayed in London under the name of Circular Design Speeds. The aim was to show what is possible regarding various materials today and in the future.
The programme joined in drawing up the final UN document entitled "Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action", which was launched at the Climate Change Conference (COP24) in Katowice, Poland.