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On 9 June, ETSA secretariat answered an open public consultation on the Sustainable Product Initiative (SPI). What the SPI proposes is expanding, the Eco-design directive to other industries outside of the energy sector (including textiles). Priority areas for the Commission include combatting planned obsolescence, creating a higher quality of goods and introducing "right to repair." Textile services' business models is inherently circular  with repairs, recycling, upcycling and responsible practices being really the norm in our industry.,

. We at ETSA are committed to discerning and disseminating new methods of recycling, upcycling and re-use. Upgrading or modifying textile use, and finding strategies for end of life are all essential to making textiles as a whole more sustainable. Textile Services, through rent, repair upcycling and recycling will be vital to make textile products more sustainable overall.  Furthermore, the amount of waste water generated by industrial laundries is substantially smaller than the amount that would be generated if laundry would be done individually, and on sight. It is imperative the European Commission is mindful of this when it drafts, deliberates and adopts new legislation.

ETSA members have been hard at work ensuring that products stay within the economy as long as possible, and that, by maximizing the time a product stays within a resource loop, the less extraction of virgin resources will take place, and by proxy less waste. Thus, while ETSA membership welcomes the SPI initiative, goals set by the Commission must also be pragmatic and realistic, so to protect European industry and jobs.. The SPI is one of several initiatives which are being shaped and will be into future laws and regulations. ETSA intends to remain ambitious and proactive.

 

 

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