pioneering sustainability and circularity in a timeless industry – POLITICO

Circular economy what else?

The circular economy is one of the key building blocks of the European Green Deal and the European agenda for sustainable growth. Circularity is also one of the six environmental objectives of the European Union included in the EU taxonomy. European institutions have identified textiles as one of the sectors with the highest level of resource consumption and under pressure to convert to more sustainability. In this context, the textile services sector deserves a closer look.

The textile industry in Europe includes about 11 billion euros and a network of thousands of factories of various sizes. A full service classic includes the initial purchase of fabrics or clothing and continues the fabric cycle through washing, mending and providing fabric supplies on a daily or weekly basis. The European Textile Service Association (founded in 1990) acts as a representative of the major international operators and national associations of textile services.

For decades, textile services have been a business model of the product as a service, which is key and fundamental in the cycle. Product longevity, local operations in the supply chain, repair services and recycling options, as well as resource optimization, are in fact part of the textile service’s DNA. Today, many other sectors look at textile services with interest and respect.

For decades, textile services have been a business model of the product as a service, which is key and fundamental in the cycle.

Leading by example during a time of continuous change

During the last two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, textile services have been able to prove their business model as essential. Local chains operating in key industries, and the healthcare sector were important. Many industrial sectors (including healthcare, hospitality, construction and security) have contributed to our well-being and health using clean-cleaned fabrics and clothing.

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Industrial laundry has always been important but, for many it is an invisible part of the European infrastructure. Now, more than ever, they are creating economic growth and have been increasing the number of jobs in Europe.

The industry also relies on a diverse workforce, of different ages, races and nationalities, all providing diverse sets of jobs. The textile services industry offers practical work in factories or logistics, key engineering and technical roles, as well as managerial, strategic and creative roles. We pride ourselves on having roles for everyone to grow, learn and develop.

Industrial laundry has always been important but, for many it is an invisible part of the European infrastructure. Now, more than ever, they are creating economic growth and have been increasing the number of jobs in Europe.

Environmental and sustainable textile services

Data from laundry processes highlights that when the industry evaluates its work and looks for ways to improve processes, it achieves remarkable progress. In ETSA’s latest study on resource consumption, which measured more than 400 industrial laundries across Europe, continuous improvements, and clear gains in energy and resources through the use of textile services were identified.

In addition, advanced washing processes tailored to the needs and weight of the textile product can extend the life of the product to 50 or more washing cycles. An integrated repair service with a repair rate of 3-7 percent, and extends the life cycle of textile garments, thus reducing the emission of raw materials throughout the global supply chain. Blending fabrics and reusing worn clothes also extends the life of every fifth garment into a second life cycle.

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What can combine this commitment to circularity beyond purchasing in our industry? Products designed for longevity, fabrics designed for protection, durability and repairability are basic requirements for high circulation. Most textile products in the industry are produced on demand, with high returns on stock; minimizing waste and eliminating losses compared to the retail distribution model. This also means shorter, more local, more efficient supply chains, which will be fundamental to the green economy of tomorrow. The textile services industry is also committed to sustainability by using materials with improved routing, trucking and loading, all of which help reduce our carbon footprint.

Closing the loop

According to ETSA’s latest material consumption study (2021), more than 60 percent of all textile products are recycled. Of end-of-life textiles, 32 percent are delivered to be reused directly in materials or fabric, mainly cut to clean rags and wipers; 35 percent were presented with other renewal options including teardown of mixed products. ‘Recycling hubs’ in industrial textiles will play a major role. Textile manufacturers and the textile services sector together will help close the loop and leave the least amount possible for incinerators. Through all of this we will achieve an effective reduction in resource consumption and carbon emissions. The options to recycle, reuse or even recycle make good business sense for our members.

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According to ETSA’s latest material consumption study (2021), more than 60 percent of all textile products are recycled.

In the space of textile services’ future success is customers. As soon as the industry works more closely with customers on sustainability and circulation, a milestone can be passed. However, there are some challenges that need to be addressed.

For example:

  • Working closely with the textile and chemical industry to ‘detox’ all (dyed) textiles.
  • Collaborating with designers and manufacturers to create recycled products from end-of-life fabrics.
  • Continuous improvement in energy efficiency and introduction of even more intelligent scheduling and reverse scheduling models.

Today, we can all be agents of change and we must all understand the importance of being circular. Closing the loop between the purchase and expiration of textile products will be the core of the circulation process. The textile services industry is not only dealing with hotspots at the beginning of the value chain. Industry controls both ends. Textiles at the end of life are in their hands, available in fixed volumes and can be effectively given to different channels for recycling, upcycling or second life cycle.

At its core, the cycle is where the responsible industry is asked to invest its commitment in the coming years and where we expect and strongly encourage the EU Commission to fully support.

ETSA’s response to the green digital revolution

ETSA has a strong responsibility for what the future of textile services should bring, to the economy and society; and in my role as president of the European Textile Service Association, this is certainly true and more relevant now than ever.

The textile services sector can provide a strong demonstration of other sectors that want to be more circular and sustainable.

The textile services sector can provide a strong demonstration of other sectors that want to be more circular and sustainable. As ETSA gets the role of climate ambassador to the EU Commission from 2021, being round and sustainable, means looking to the future, in a world that often looks for the fastest and most appropriate result rather than looking at the big picture.



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