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The Nordic textile reuse and recycling commitment

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Consumption and production of new textiles leads to significant environmental impact. By reusing textiles instead of purchasing new, and by recycling worn-out textiles, the use of resources, water, energy and chemicals is reduced. Increased reuse and recycling is, however, difficult to achieve without increased collection. A transparent and reliable management of textiles favouring legitimate actors on the market is required to boost the collection rates.

A voluntary certification system for used textiles is now under implementation. The certification is aimed at Nordic actors within collection and sorting of used textiles. The overall aim is to double the collected amounts of used textiles, and to strive towards a ten year goal of at least 50 percent of collected textiles are reused or where reuse is not possible, recycled.

The certification system is a part of the “Nordic textile reuse and recycling commitment”, a voluntary commitment with the aim to decrease the environmental impact of textile consumption and to strenghten the competitiveness of the Nordic region by increasing reuse and recycling of textiles in the Nordic countries.

The certification system makes sure that defined criteria in a Standard for transparency and environmental performance (previously called code of conduct) for all phases of the collection, sorting, reuse and recycling processes of used textiles are fulfilled. The core of the commitment is the standard for transparency and environmental performance that addresses the environmental and social performance of collection, sorting, reuse and recycling operations, as well as issues such as transparency and reporting.

The certification system is now being tested, read more under Trial. It is currently not possible for collecters and sorters to become certified. This website will include the latest news about the trial, as well as information about when the certification system is under operation. All relevant information about the certification system, and how your organisation can become certified will be published.

Consumers will by following the website get information about the certified organisations to make sure that the their used textiles to reuse and recycling are managed in a sustainable way.

By following the website, local authorities will easily find certified collectors and sorters to make sure that used textiles collected at local collection points are managed in a sustainable, verified and transparent way.

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Draft version of checklist with criteria is available for download

There is now a draft version of a checklist ready to be used by collectors who would like to prepare for certification. Apart from the criteria in the Standard for transparency and environmental performance the draft checklist includes document requirements needed to fulfill the criteria. Please observe that the checklist is a draft and may be changed. The checklist is based on knowledge and experiences gained in the test phase of the certification system. The draft checklist can be downloaded here.

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Second reference group meeting was successfully carried out

The second reference group meeting in the project took place in Malmö on 11 February.  Issues discussed were among others proposed changes of the criteria in the “Standard for transparency and environmental performance”, and how the certification process will be structured. Notes as well as presentations from the meeting can be downloaded here:

Nordic textile commitment_ meeting notes 2016-02-11

Presentations for 2nd reference group meeting_2016-02-11

Information about the reference group and the first reference group meeting can be found here.

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Agenda to the 2nd reference group meeting

The second reference group meeting will take place on the 11th of February 2016 in Malmö, Sweden. Even though the meeting is invite only, the agenda is available to everyone and can be read here: Agenda for 2nd reference group meeting_Malmö. Any input to the meeting is of course welcome! Send any thoughts or comments to your national representative or to Anna Fråne, project manager. Contact information is available at the bottom of the page.

You can find notes from the first reference group meeting as well as the members of the reference group right here

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Upcoming reference group meeting

The second reference group meeting is now planned for the 11th of February 2016 in Malmö, Sweden.

The meeting is invite only, but discussion points and documents will be made available beforehand and any input to the meeting is of course welcome! Send any thoughts or comments to your national representative or to Anna Fråne, project manager. Contact information is available at the bottom of the page.

You know that you can also find notes from the first reference group meeting as well as the members of the reference group right here

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Standard for transparency and environmental performance

To make the certification system more clear, the document previously named “Code of conduct” will hereonafter be named “Standard for transparency and environmental performance in the management of used textiles”, or on the website in short form as either “Standard for transparency and environmental performance” or simply “the standard”.

Please follow for more updates shortly as the trial is now gaining momentum.

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