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August 10, 2022

Danish industry collaboration to unite fashion brands on circularity

Climate action NGO WRAP has applauded a new Danish industry collaboration which it says will unite clothing and textile brands on common circular goals.

By Hannah Abdulla

The Textiles Action Network aims to become the first international framework tackling the environmental impacts caused by fashion and textiles. It encompasses the UK’s Textiles 2030 and now Lifestyle & Design Cluster (LDC), which works to promote innovation and sustainable growth primarily in the small and medium-sized housing and fashion companies as well as in the creative industries, and will be representing the interests of the Danish industry collaboration.

The Textiles Action Network brings together businesses, supply chains and governments to work towards one clear goal – to create a circular economy for fashion and textiles. WRAP believes this network will become the most effective way of driving progress towards a truly global circular economy for textiles to both reduce its impacts on the environment and put businesses ahead of increasingly strict regulatory requirements.

Launched ahead of Copenhagen Fashion Week, the Danish industry collaboration marks a pivotal moment in the development of a global network of countries working to make textiles more sustainable, WRAP says.

David Rogers, head of international programmes at WRAP, adds: “We welcome this ambitious move by the Danish government to tackle the environmental impacts of textiles with a national programme of work under this new industry collaboration. WRAP has played an important role in bringing together the key stakeholders who are launching this groundbreaking international initiative, sharing our extensive experience of voluntary sector collaborations and of setting circularity goals. We are pleased to have had the opportunity to support our partner Lifestyle & Design Cluster (LDC) in bringing together businesses and institutions in Denmark.”

Bettina Simenson, CEO of Lifestyle & Design Cluster (LDC) says: “With the Danish sector collaboration, we are building the foundation for a long lasting private-public partnership. We have set three initial goals, but this is just the start – now the work begins.

“It is crucial that the Danish industry moves in the same direction when it comes to the circular transition. We are facing massive legal requirements from the EU and by joining together on common goals now, the Danish companies will be ready to meet the requirements, yes, maybe even be ahead. Therefore, we invited the entire Danish industry to support the partnership and hope to foster collaboration and knowledge sharing across the sector.

“WRAP has played an integral role in convening the key stakeholders who are launching this ground- breaking international initiative and sharing their extensive experience of voluntary sector collaborations with us. We look forward to working closely with them and will be drawing on their knowledge and technical expertise to help us to go further and faster in Denmark.”

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