During the event – organized by SEI, Nordic Council of Ministers, and Green Liberty – we will present data and findings from mapping post-consumer textile flows in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

Speakers from the Baltics and other EU countries will describe best practices and experiences from their perspectives. During the facilitated workshops, all participants will have the opportunity to get involved in the discussion on how policies could address the problem of increasing textile waste and support the transition to EU requirements of collecting textile waste separately from 2025.

Who should come

Policy makers, industry associations, textile producers and retailers, academia, as well as main post-consumer textile collection, reuse and recycling organizations from the Nordic and Baltic region.

Event aims

  • To gather key stakeholders in the Nordic and Baltic region around the topic of post-consumer textiles and circular economy
  • To introduce the mapping results of the consumption of new textiles and post-consumer textile flows in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania
  • To provide an overview of current practices and regulatory measures of post-consumer textile collection, reuse and recycling in the Baltics in the light of the forthcoming 1 January 2025 EU requirement for separate collection of textile waste
  • To share EU and Nordic experiences in developing and implementing
    Extended Producer Responsibility schemes, policy initiatives and other regulative instruments in organizing textile collection, reuse and recycling
  • To create round-table discussions on whether these and other policy
    measures can facilitate the reuse and recycling of used textiles in the Baltics, and how to prepare the region for the EU 2025 requirement

More information

The event is linked to the conference “Circular economy in the Nordic-Baltic region: how far have we come?” on 10 September in Riga, organized by the Latvian Environmental Investment Fund, Green Liberty and the Nordic Council of Ministers Office in Latvia.

Language: English
Cost: The conference is free of charge
Registration: Register by 4 September 2019
Venue: Peldu street 25 (Room No 409), Riga, Latvia


09:00 Registration and coffee

09:30 Opening words

  • Stefan Eriksson, Nordic Council of Ministers’ Office in Latvia, Director
  • Kerli Kant Hvass, SEI project expert

09:45 Presentations followed by open discussion with the audience on mapping results of textile flows in the Baltic States

  • Dace Akule, Green Liberty (Latvia)
  • Viktorija Nausediene, Textale (Lithuania)
  • Inga Gurauskiene, Kaunas University of Technology researcher (Lithuania)
  • Kristiina Martin, SEI junior expert (Estonia)

Moderated by Kerli Kant Hvass, SEI project expert

11:30 Interactive feedback from the audience: challenges and opportunities in managing textile flows

12:00 Lunch

13:00 EU policy for increased circularity in post-consumer textiles

  • Chiel Berends, European Commission, policy officer

13:25 Policy for increased circularity in post-consumer textiles in the Baltic countries

  • Harri Moora, SEI, environmental management programme director

13:50 Potential of Extended Producer Responsibility regulations from a Swedish perspective

  • Naoko Tojo, Lund University, researcher

14:15 How can we meet the 2025 requirement? Facilitated workshops on needed policy in the Baltic states

What are the main obstacles to reach the 2025 requirement? What policy should be put in place to meet the requirement? Which actors should be involved and what should their roles be?

Moderated by David Watson, PlanMiljo, senior consultant

15:30 Wrap up

  • David Watson, PlanMiljo, senior consultant

15:45 Networking and refreshments