Economía circuclar en los desechos textiles y de la moda

The EU textile industry generates an estimated 16 million tons of waste per year. Much of textile waste is thrown in landfills or incinerated, with a high environmental impact and at great cost. However, by 2025 the EU Member States are required to enforce separate textile collection system as part of the new rules set out by the Circular Economy Action Plan the European Commission adopted on 2 December 2015.With the deadline looming on the horizon and new innovative circular textile technologies emerging internationally at fast pace, ISWA is opening a dialogue on the current state of the textile waste management and the future of circular textiles in Europe to share solutions for tackling one of the most linear-focused industries in the world.

This one-day conference spotlights the textile life-cycle, from design to reconstitution of fibres into new textiles, as well as business models that are bringing waste fibres and textiles closer to being aligned with the circular economy practices. Given the increase in consumer awareness of and desire for ethical and sustainable clothing, this knowledge is essential for designers and textile developers of the future.


The Beacon Conference on Circular Textile Management is organised by ISWA together with NVRD, the Dutch Waste Management Association, and will be held in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, on the 9th of May 2019.

The event’s programme is arranged in four stages:

  • Production and design
  • Separate collection
  • Sorting & recycling
  • Economics, awareness and business models

Presentations will be delivered by renowned experts including representatives from the European Clothing Action Plan ECAPWRAP, Fibre to Fibre Project, WU Vienna, ECOTEXTILSaxon Textile Research Institute and more.

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