43 partners of the RegioGreenTex project met in Brussels/Belgium to kick start a 3-year project that should change the way we manage textile recycling.
Regions for Green Textiles (RegioGreenTex) is an initiative aimed at mapping and reducing the difficulties which currently exist in the implementation of a circular economy model within the textile ecosystem across the EU.
RegioGreenTex will support tangible solutions at SME level, where textile waste becomes a value. The project will contribute to maintain and develop jobs in the European Union (EU) textile sector, reshoring the production in Europe and making the EU textile value chain more competitive and resilient. It will contribute to the EU Green Deal objectives of reducing carbon footprint, energy and water consumption.
Led by the European Apparel and Textile Confederation (Euratex), Brussels, the project brings together 43 partners from 11 European regions, with 24 SMEs pioneering innovative solutions to recycle textile waste. Together, the SMEs cover various value chain segments of circular textiles (sorting, recycling from material to fiber, removal of contaminants, processing of recycled fibers to new textile materials) and not only provide concrete solutions to EU value chain bottlenecks, but also seizes upon market opportunities. The project will also promote the development of 5 regional ReHubs in some of the most important textile regions in the EU.
RegioGreenTex is supported by the European Commission through the Interregional Innovation Investments Instrument – I3 and will be coordinated by the European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency (EISMEA).
As part of the European Regional and Development Fund (ERDF), the I3 instrument aims at supporting interregional innovation projects in their commercialization and scale-up phases giving them the tools to bring their project to investment level.