Nordisk Ministerråd bestilte et konsortium ledet av FORCE Technology i samarbeid med PlanMiljø - Danmark, IVF Swerea - Sverige og Østfoldforskning for å undersøke de miljømessige fordelene ved tigjengelige alternativer ved kasserte tekstiler.
Rapporten viser at gjenbruk av kasserte klær gir langt større miljøgevinst enn gjenvinning eller energigjenvinning.
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Som en del av det nordiske prosjektet «Implementation of the Nordic textile reuse and recycling commitment» skal Østfoldforskning bidra med norske innspill og erfaringer i prosessen med å etablere et sertifiseringssystem for nordiske aktører innen innsamling, gjenbruk og resirkulering av tekstiler.
he aim of the project is to develop a proposal for a common Nordic strategy for improving infrastructure for collection, sorting and reuse/recycling of textiles in the Nordic region that can also represent a competitive advantage for Nordic business within the textile sector. This strategy could represent a basis for Nordic Governments and other stakeholders for developing possible new incentives, instruments and measures that can support better infrastructure and new capacities based on expected demand and international market situation/competition.
The Nordic strategy shall focus on the needs to develop a recycling capacity in an integrated total system where reuse will be given a higher priority according to the waste hierarchy.
There has been an increasing focus in the Nordic region and globally on the environmental impacts from textiles. Textiles are known to have a significant environmental impact in both the production and use phases. A 2006 EU study found textiles to be the consumption area that led to highest environmental impacts after the big three of transport, food and housing. Meanwhile, the consumption of textile products globally and in Nordic countries continues to grow. The considerable size of the sector and an entirely global supply-chain puts the sector on a global agenda with respect to economic interests, trade-related issues, labour rights and environmental issues. This project will investigate which packages of policy instruments can encourage the establishment of the more promising EPR systems and new business models.