Retailers establish Spanish textile waste alliance
Particular emphasis will be laid on post-consumer recycling which can contribute to a circular textiles economy.
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A number of European retailers – including sporting goods specialist Decathlon – have joined forces to launch the ‘Association for Textile Waste Management’. This is in response to the new Spanish law 7/2022 (entitled ‘Waste and contaminated soils for a circular economy’), which came into effect on January 1st.
In order to be compliant with this new legislation, the group is reportedly organising a collective system that involves extended producer responsibility for the footwear and clothing which they sell on the Spanish market. Particular emphasis will be laid on effectively assisting post-consumer recycling schemes that can contribute to a circular textiles economy.
The non-profit organisation has been officially listed in Spain’s National Registry of Associations, and the body was inaugurated in Madrid’s Museo del Traje in early January. Its presidency will rotate annually among the members.
This article was originally published on page 2 of the February 2023 issue of SATRA Bulletin.