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Driving a Circular Economy for Textiles through EPR

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Driving a Circular Economy for Textiles through EPR
Type: Reports
Year: 2022
Language: English

A new study from Eunomia – commissioned by the EEB and Changing Markets Foundation – explores the need for Extended Producer Responsibility for Textiles.

The study shows that the EU should urgently set up Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for textiles, which involves setting fees so companies pay for the costs associated with the end-of-life management of their products. By putting in place EPR, end of life costs will be borne by producers, rather than by all tax-payers. It will also lead to equity by ensuring that people who consume the most fashion (around 27% of consumers) pay for the cost of waste. EPR and other supporting measures can also boost reuse and recycling of clothes that currently end up as waste (less than 1% of clothes are actually recycled back into clothes).