The history about the Nordic textile reuse and recycling commitment starts already in 2010 when a working group on green growth was formed by the Nordic Prime Ministers. In 2011, the group presented their report on favourable areas for Nordic cooperation and future priorities within the area of green economic growth. The report contained eight specific target areas where a joint Nordic cooperation was considered beneficial for the Nordic countries. All of the target areas were accepted by the Nordic Prime Ministers and it was decided that the work should be carried out by the Nordic Council of Ministers. The green growth initiative launched by the Prime Ministers is called The Nordic Region – leading in green growth.

One of the eight priority areas was aiming at resource efficiency and life cycle thinking in the waste management sector. To realise the work under the target area, the Nordic Waste Group (NWG), under the Nordic Council of Ministers, was asked to develop a Nordic project activity. NWG initiated as a response the overall project Resource-efficient recycling of plastic and textile waste. In 2012, a pre-study was carried out to explore the potential for increased recycling of plastic and textile waste in the Nordic region.

NWG developed six associated projects based on the pre-study, three about textiles and three about plastics. The Nordic textile reuse and recycling commitment was one of the three projects. The other two projects were A Nordic strategy for collection, sorting, reuse and recycling of textiles and An extended producer responsibility (EPR) system and new business models. Reports from the three projects can be found here.