#WardrobeChange recommendations for the EU strategy for sustainable textiles

25 European NGOs rebuff voluntary agreements to clean up the fashion industry, calling for the EU’s upcoming textile legislation to hold brands accountable for their contribution to global pollution. Some of Europe’s largest networks of green groups are joining forces to demand an end to fast fashion in the textile industry, one of the world’s largest industrial polluters. As part of the Wardrobe Change campaign, NGOs are calling for new […]

Putting second-hand first to create local jobs: Guidance for municipalities to develop local re-use strategies

Putting second-hand first to create local jobs: Guidance for municipalities to develop local re-use strategies

RREUSE and the Zero Waste Cities Programme by Zero Waste Europe partnered to create a briefing aimed at providing support to local municipalities to help design effective and ambitious local re-use strategies. Despite good progress in recent years with increasing levels of waste being recycled rather than sent to landfill or incineration, European countries are still consuming vast amounts of resources and materials that are simply unsustainable in the long-term. […]

Job creation in the re-use sector: Data insights from social enterprises

Job creation in the re-use sector: Data insights from social enterprises

The Circular Economy Action Plan estimates that the number of jobs linked to the circular economy in the EU grew by 5% between 2012 and 2018[1]. Yet, there remains gaps in research and in public understanding regarding how the circular economy can provide quality and inclusive jobs. This briefing outlines the value that social economy enterprises bring to the circular economy in terms of job creation, focussing on the upper […]

Achieving a fair and inclusive circular transition through the EU Social Economy Action Plan

Achieving a fair and inclusive circular transition through the EU Social Economy Action Plan

The COVID-19 recession has further exacerbated existing inequalities and highlighted the interrelation between social problems and precarity, as well as the drawbacks of the current economic model. However, the crisis could also serve as a catalyst to redesign our economies to be more inclusive and sustainable. RREUSE welcomes the European Commission’s proposal to develop a favourable policy environment for social economy actors, calling for an ambitious Social Economy Action Plan […]

Stakeholders Call for Delivery of EU Strategy for a Sustainable Built Environment

Stakeholders Call for Delivery of EU Strategy for a Sustainable Built Environment

31 signatories, representing a diverse range of stakeholders, call for delivery of EU Strategy for a Sustainable Built Environment in a letter addressed to European Commission’s executive vice president Frans Timmermans, and commissioners Thierry Breton and Virginijus Sinkevičius. . On 11 March 2021, a broad coalition of 31 expert organisations sent an open letter calling on the European Commission to deliver a strategy for a sustainable built environment to support […]

Urgent call to improve WEEE treatment, collection, logistics and preparation for re-use in Europe

Urgent call to improve WEEE treatment, collection, logistics and preparation for re-use in Europe

This joint position co-signed by 12 environmental NGOs and representatives of waste treatment operators calls for setting new European legal requirements to improve collection, logistics and preparation for re-use of e-waste and electronic equipment (WEEE). A revision of the legal requirements on these processes is urgently needed to avoid emissions that harm the environment and human health while enhancing waste prevention and material cycles. To reach this, the WEEE Directive […]

RREUSE Feedback on EU Strategy for Sustainable Textiles Roadmap

RREUSE Feedback on EU Strategy for Sustainable Textiles Roadmap

On 5 January 2021, the European Commission published its roadmap on an EU Strategy for Sustainable Textiles. With over half of RREUSE’s 27 members working with used textiles, garment, leather and footwear (TGLF) and collectively managing 257 000 tonnes across Europe annually, the EU Strategy for Textiles is highly anticipated. Undoubtedly, this initiative will also please the 75% of EU citizens who view sustainability as very or extremely important when […]

RREUSE comments on the European Semester 2020

RREUSE comments on the European Semester 2020

Introduced in 2010, the European Semester is a multi-annual exchange between the European Commission and Member States, providing a structure to coordinate macroeconomic policies across the EU. The goal of the European Semester is to ensure macroeconomic stability and economic growth, as well as promote social inclusion and the principles of the European Pillar of Social Rights. The European Semester 2020 coincided with an unprecedented economic shock resulting from the […]

Joint statement on the European Council Conclusions on public procurement of 25 November 2020

Joint statement on the European Council Conclusions on public procurement of 25 November 2020

Getting the most out of public money in support of Europe’s recovery As representatives of social, environmental, business and trade union organisations, we welcome last week’s Conclusions from the European Council on how efficient public procurement rules and practices, combined with increased public spending, can accelerate the economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis and lead to a sustainable and more resilient EU economy. To maximise the ‘transformational power of public […]

Extended Producer Responsibility and the role of social economy re-use operators: Implementing a socially inclusive waste hierarchy

Extended Producer Responsibility and the role of social economy re-use operators: Implementing a socially inclusive waste hierarchy

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is a tool placing responsibility on producers, importers and retailers to financially and/or physically manage the post-consumer phase of certain goods. EPR aims to prevent the unnecessary production of waste, manufacture better designed goods and participate in the achievement of waste collection, prevention, preparing for re-use and recycling targets. Various EPR models have developed organically across European countries, including France which covers the largest amount of […]