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Potential Ecodesign Requirements for Textiles and Furniture

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A large part of the lifecycle environmental impacts of a product are determined at the design stage, why The EU Eco design Directive’s potential for application to non-energy related themes has come under the spotlight in recent years with Nordic countries at the forefront. In this report potential eco design requirements that can be drawn up for non-energy-related products are in focus. Textiles are here used as an example, and a light application of the approach has subsequently been applied to the furniture sector. Clothing and home textiles were chosen due to significant wastage in the value chain due to fast fashion, dropping quality and relatively low repair and reuse rates. The project was initiated and financed by the Nordic Council of Ministers and led by its Working Group for Sustainable Consumption and Production. A separate Policy Brief (ANP2018:739) is also published.

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Better design can increase resource efficiency by encouraging products that are durable, easy to repair, upgrade and remanufacture and where recovery of valuable materials and components is enabled at end-of-life. The Ecodesign Directive has so far mostly been used to improve the energy efficiency of products but has strong potential to encourage material resource efficiency. The European Commission issued a request for the development of standards for material efficiency requirements under the directive. Material efficiency requirements are beginning to enter draft requirements for energy-related products.

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