EU to enact tougher rules on excessive production and consumption of textiles

The Environment Committee of the European Parliament (MEPs) enacted their recommendations for EU measures to ensure that textiles are produced in a circular, environmentally responsible, and socially equitable manner.

According to MEPs, textile products sold in the EU should be more durable, simpler to reuse, repair, and recycle, largely composed of recycled filaments, and free of hazardous chemicals. Throughout their supply chain, they emphasize that textiles should be produced with respect for human, social, and labor rights, the environment, and animal welfare.

MEPs want the revision of the Waste Framework Directive to include distinct targets for textile waste prevention, collection, reuse, and recycling, as well as the elimination of textile landfilling.

Additional suggestions include:

- The inclusion of an explicit ban on the destruction of unsold and returned textile goods in the EU ecodesign rules; 
- Clear rules to put an end to greenwashing practices, through the ongoing legislative work on empowering consumers in the green transition and regulating green claims; 
- Ensure fair and ethical trade practices by enforcing EU trade agreements; 
- The launch without further delay of the Commission initiative to prevent and minimise the release of microscopic plastic particles into the environment.

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