25th January 2016
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 “The Nordic textile reuse and recycling commitment” has 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 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 performance of collection, sorting, reuse and recycling operations, as well as issues such as transparency and reporting.
The certification system has been tested during a trial phase, read more under Trial. The results from the trial can be read here. It is currently not possible for collecters to become certified. The role as Certification System Operator (CSO), the actor in charge of the certification system, will be procured by The Nordic Waste Group on behalf of The Nordic Council of Ministers during autumn 2017.
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.
20th July 2017
The report about “The Nordic textile re-use and recycling commitment”, a voluntary certification system for textiles and textile waste is now available. The report includes information about how the certification system will be run, as well as information about which criteria collectors need to fulfill in order to become certified. The report from the legal assessment of the criteria will be published separately or as an appendix to this report.
Certification is not yet possible. During autumn 2017 The Nordic Waste Group, on behalf of The Nordic Council of Ministers, will procure the role as Certification System Operator (CSO), the actor in charge of the certification system.
The report about the certification system can be downloaded here.
7th December 2016
The third and last reference group meeting was successfully held in Malmö on the 30th of November.
The meeting minutes from the meeting as well as the presentation can be downloaded here:
16th November 2016
The third and last reference group meeting is planned on November 30th in Malmö. The meeting is by invitation only, but meeting notes will be made publicly available as well as other types of documentation from the meeting. Ideas, questions and suggestions of discussion points are of course welcomed. Please send them to the project leader, Anna Fråne, or to the national representatives in the project group.
8th August 2016
The Swedish EPA invites tenders to a legal assessment of the criteria within the Nordic textile reuse and recycling commitment. The aim of the assessment is to verify that the proposed criteria comply with Norwegian, Danish, Finnish and Swedish legislation.
The tender invitation can be found here.
5th April 2016
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.
22nd February 2016
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:
Information about the reference group and the first reference group meeting can be found here.
2nd February 2016
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
30th November 2015
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
30th November 2015
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.