Textile Case Studies
Inditex – Zara
Effective Policy Package: Facilitations relationships
The Textile Policy Package
Ban on the use of any input materials that contain toxic ingredients.
Incentivize material innovations that prevent plastic microfiber shedding during production and use phase.
Lower import taxes on recyclable garments and textiles
Drive demand by installing green public procurement policies for textiles.
Promote/incentivize the use of clothes rental services.
Incentivize the development of strategically located recycling hubs.
Implement Extended Producer Responsibility, including penalties to compensate the costs of negative externalities such as pollution or health impacts on workers.
Make secondary raw materials more cost competitive by lowering taxes.
Create a fund (grants, scholarships etc.) towards the R&D of new production, sorting and recycling technologies.
Lower taxes on labour to enable the manual sorting work to stay in Europe
Invest in regenerative farming methods for organic-cotton and other cellulose-based fibres which do not use synthetic pesticides or fertilisers.
Accelerate the collection, sorting and recycling of industrial and post-consumer textile waste.
Enable cross industry collaborations.
Support the open source sharing of implemented methodologies in order to build collaboration at scale.
Align existing industry and certification standards into one European benchmark and make adherence mandatory for all European manufacturers and brands.
Increase market surveillance combined with high fines or other penalties.
Adapting the waste definition for export to producing countries of semi-finished products, such as clean fibres, clippings and sorted textile residues and other reusable post-consumer waste fractions.
Impose a ban on textile waste incineration and landfilling
Drive consumer awareness and engagement
Prescribe a certain % of recycled content in textiles.