Vision for a New Fashion Season: Social and Circular

Vision for a New Fashion Season: Social and Circular

Each EU citizen consumes a staggering 26 kg of textiles per year on average with the textile supply chain responsible for 15 % of primary raw material consumption of EU households[i]. The ‘fast fashion’ phenomenon shapes the way we consume clothes and has soared per capita sales[ii]. Overconsumption and insufficient regulation on circularity has led to increased volumes of low quality textiles, unfit for re-use let alone recycling. With textiles […]

RREUSE meeting in Bologna: Four days on bio waste, textiles and social inclusion

In late May, the RREUSE network gathered in Bologna to attend conferences, network meetings and visit local social enterprise initiatives. The programme started off with a workshop on bio waste and more specifically, focused on the transformation of used cooking oils into new products such as biofuels, candles or detergents. The following two days were dedicated to sessions on the various work areas of the RREUSE network which included detailed […]

The Dutch re-use flagships at anchor around Amsterdam

At the end of June RREUSE held a members’ meeting in Amsterdam attended by representatives from eleven member organisations and nine European countries. The meeting, hosted by bKN, a Dutch network of re-use social enterprises, provided a forum for discussion about current issues facing the re-use sector and an opportunity to visit three re-use centres in the Netherlands. The invited keynote speakers broadened the perspective on the topics of re-use […]

The Flemish way around the circle

10-11th March, twenty four representatives of social enterprises from 10 countries across Europe met in Ghent, Belgium, to exchange best practices in the re-use sector and discuss the European Commission’s Circular Economy policy proposals. The RREUSE event, hosted by Komosie, the network of social enterprise re-use centres in Flanders, better known as “de Kringwinkel”, also included a site visit to one such enterprise, Ateljee. Ateljee performs a wide spectrum of […]

2nd international social enterprise workshop on management of used textiles 10-11 December, Soissons, France

2nd international social enterprise workshop on management of used textiles 10-11 December, Soissons, France

Following the success of RREUSE’s 1st international workshop for social enterprises working in the field of used textile management, which saw 60 participants from 10 different countries, the next edition will take place on 10-11 December in Soissons France in close cooperation with Emmaus France and Le Relais. The aim of the workshop is to: – facilitate dialogue amongst social enterprises about the current state of the used-textile market – […]

Extended Producer Responsibility and the role of reuse activities

Extended Producer Responsibility and the role of reuse activities

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is being promoted as a key market based instrument to help Member States implement EU waste legislation, including application of the waste hierarchy. However, little attention has been paid to how EPR can support initiatives at the top of the hierarchy including reuse, a waste prevention activity, and preparation for reuse. Using case studies from EPR schemes active in the management of electronic, textile and furniture […]