On February 21, 2023, forty-three RegioGreenTex project partners met in Brussels to launch the three-year project, which will change the way we deal with textile recycling.
RegioGreenTex is a partnership of four groups (industries, civil partnerships, governments, academic bodies). It brings together partners from eleven European textile regions. Heads of networks, enterprises, research organisations and regional representatives. All these bodies will work for better recycling and stronger resilience of the European textile value chain. The project will strengthen interregional cooperation, support employment and competitiveness within European small/medium enterprises. This will be achieved through investment and the establishment of more virtuous production processes; especially regarding waste recycling systems.
For Techtera, participation in RegioGreenTex is in line with action carried out by the cluster for a more circular, innovative and competitive textile industry. The project is also a continuation of the work done by Techtera at the European level, to strengthen links between the main textile regions of the European Union and joint initiatives carried out with other European textile centres and clusters.
It is also a way to support Techtera members directly:
- Two small/medium enterprise members of Techtera are project partners: Rovitex et Recyc’Elit. They will contribute directly to the implementation of RegioGreenTex by setting up innovative systems linked to the recycling of textile waste.
- Techtera will lead a regional “Hub”, including a set of activities that should lead to more investment, both private and public, in companies in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region working on textile recycling.
More generally, for the next three years, RegioGreenTex will be a major player in the implementation of theEuropean Union strategy for sustainable textiles.
Textile has been recognised as one of the principal industrial ecosystems of the European Union. This strategy has given a direction to follow for those involved in European, national and regional economic policies. RegioGreenTex responds to this strategy by offering a set of real tools for its implementation, with the creation of investments for small/medium enterprises, co-financed by the project budget, and the establishment of services and interregional cooperation, which will generate more investment in the coming years.
RegioGreenTex is co-financed by the European Union, through programme I3 (Interregional Innovation Investments), which is part of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). It is coordinated by the European textile confederation EURATEX.