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  • The proposed Nordic textile strategy provides a starting point for the work towards a more sustainable textile and fashion sector in the Nordic region. It is focused on the increased collection, sorting, reuse and recycling within the Nordic region and thereby provides one part in the sustainability puzzle for the sector. There is a larger picture which is touched upon in the sub-report of green jobs and competitiveness of Nordic region which to a further extent include consumption, design and other relevant areas that have largely been outside the scope of the project.

  • This is the second report in the project A Nordic strategy for collection, sorting, reuse and recycling of textiles. The first report is published titled Towards a Nordic textile strategy: Collection, sorting, reuse and recycling of textiles, TemaNord 2014:538 giving background information to the project. This project is one of three projects to increase the reuse and recycling of textiles in the Nordic region financed by the Nordic Council of Ministers and proposed by the Nordic Waste group. All three projects are part of the Nordic Prime Minister’s inititiave, The Nordic Region – leading in green growth, which identifies eight priorities aimed at increasing green growth in the region. The other textile projects are: The Nordic reuse and recycling commitment and An extended producer responsibility (EPR) system and new busin

  • A Nordic strategy for improved collection, sorting, reuse and recycling of textiles in the Nordic region (Nordic Strategy) is presented in this report. The strategy is an elaboration of the most promising scenario “Nordic innovation” presented in the scenario subreport, and specific aspects of the other three scenarios. In addition, experiences made in the two projects The Nordic textile reuse and recycling commitment and An extended producer responsibility (EPR) system and new business models to increase reuse and recycling of textiles in the Nordic region fed into the development of the strategy. The projects are part of the Nordic Prime Minister’s initiative, The Nordic Region – leading in green growth, which identifies eight priorities aiming at increasing green growth in the region.

  • In the development of a Nordic strategy for collection, sorting, reuse and recycling of textiles, a general overview of future amounts of textiles entering the material system is important. Making projections of future amounts of textiles available for collection, reuse and recycling enables better planning of future needs as well as how these needs can be met in an efficient way.

  • The trend in textile consumption shows increasing per capita consumption. This results in higher expected amounts of used textiles (clothes and household textiles). In the previous subreport, linear and logarithmic prognoses were made for future amounts of used textiles potentially available for reuse and recycling in Nordic region. According to these prognoses, annually 393,000–406,000 tonnes of used textiles will be available by 2020. This corresponds to an increase by 3–7% compared to 2013 level.

  • The objective of this subreport was to evaluate the four scenarios for collection, reuse and recycling which were developed and described under the previous subreport...

  • This subreport aims to provide a written description of effects on the competiveness of the Nordic region and possible development of new jobs. It is approached from a circulation economic perspective, trying to show how the different measures can be put into a circulation economic frame. The proposed measures in the Nordic Strategy is put in context by using examples of existing organisations and solutions.