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Towards a Nordic-Baltic circular textile system

The Baltic region (Baltic States) is one of the main destination for Nordic used textiles and plays an important role in the Nordic circular economy. By improving knowledge and capacity on collection, reuse and recycling of textiles in the Baltic region can help ensure that the Nordic region also contributes to rather than inhibits circular economy in the Baltics. This will also contribute to the achievement of the Nordic textile reuse and recycling commitments.

Inactive project

2018–2020

The purpose of this project is to enhance concrete knowledge related to preventing and reducing textile waste generation in the Baltic region, increase the capacity of stakeholders for increased collection, reuse and recycling of textiles and the development of effective policy measures for moving towards a circular economy for textiles.

The Nordic countries possess several best practices, technology innovations and other solutions in the areas of textile collection, sorting, reuse and recycling that would be highly valuable for the Baltic region to adapt. The project aims to transfer Nordic knowledge, create common understanding of the status of discarded textiles in the region, create a platform for Nordic-Baltic stakeholders to meet and help promote collaboration and partnerships with a view towards circular economy of textiles in the Nordic-Baltic region.

Aims

The project aims are achieved by:

  • mapping the current landscape of textile waste flows and practices in the Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania)
  • engaging key stakeholders within the region that are involved with garment sale, collection, reuse and recycling to share their experiences and to discuss the opportunities for sector development and transitioning the Nordic-Baltic region towards circular economy
  • creating networking opportunities and boosting cross-regional and cross-sectoral collaboration between actors in Baltics and the Nordic countries for building a circular textile system in the region

The project started in November, 2018 and will end in April, 2020.

Milestones

  • Mapping the current landscape of textile waste flows and practices in the Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania)
  • Baltic stakeholder involvement and capacity building in developing the infrastructure and practices for transitioning the Nordic-Baltic region towards circular textile system
  • Nordic-Baltic collaboration building and developing recommendations for policy interventions and sector development

Partners

Stakeholders

  • Public authorities and policy makers
  • Textile collection, reuse and recycling organisations
  • The textile industry (producers and brands)
  • Industry associations
  • Academia

Project conferences

Funders

With support from

SEI team

Evelin Piirsalu

Senior Expert (Green and Circular Economic Transformations Unit)

SEI Tallinn

Harri Moora

Head of Unit, Senior Expert (Green and Circular Economic Transformations Unit)

SEI Tallinn

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