The EU Green Deal, EPR - Extended Producer Responsibility, Due Diligence, Action Plan Circular Economy, Textile Strategy, ... What do all these concepts mean in concrete terms for players in the Belgian fashion industry? Why should you know more about them? In collaboration with The Shift, WBDM and MAD Brussels, Flanders DC organized a webinar on the implications of the EU Sustainable Textiles Strategy for fashion companies.
More information and updates can be found in the Close The Loop community on Facebook and on the Sustainable Fashion & Textiles Belgium page on LinkedIn.
During the webinar, we explored three particularly important topics:
1. EU Sustainability Strategy in relation to the fashion sector
Sofie Bouteligier (Policy Advisor International Policy Unit OVAM) and Maria Rincon Lievana (Policy Officer Circular Economy and Sustainable Products, Production and Consumption at the EU Commission) talked about the general EU policy terminology relevant to the fashion sector and its applicability to Belgian fashion companies.
2. EPR - Extended Producer Responsibility
Emily Macintosh (Textile Policy Officer European Environmental Bureau) and Céline Lejeune (Co-Founder Bonjour Maurice) explained how to design a product for a circular life and emphasize the responsibility for what you put on the market, even after selling it to the customer.
3. Due Diligence
Finally, Saartje Boutsen (co-founder Studio D) and Tine Buysens (sustainability manager Bel & Bo) walk you through the process of tracing textile supply chains and taking action to reduce social and environmental risks.