Production of textiles is one of the most polluting global industries, accountable for 20% of industrial wastewater, emitting large quantities of greenhouse gases. Analysis shows that 86% of clothing is either landfilled or burned after use and only 1% is recycled into new clothes. Therefore, the EU Waste Framework Directive (WFD) imposes separate textile waste collection in the EU by 2025.

Nativa, Institute for Sustainable Growth is a partner in the EU Danube Region Programme project “Enhancing Danube Green Textile and Garment Production and Consumption” (Green-Tex).

Green-Tex project aims to strengthen transnational collaboration and innovation in the Danube area’s sustainable textile sector and thus make value chain actors in partner regions more resilient and competitive in adjusting to global shifts from traditional to more regenerative circular economy based green textile practices.

Green-Tex will create and test new solutions throughout the entire value chain (starting from fashion design to production and usage as well as textile waste collection) and verify them in various contexts within the project territory. Digital solutions will be an integral part of the Green-Tex project, supported by awareness raising campaigns. Green-Tex solutions will be incorporated into the “Green-Tex learning and innovation platform”. The project is applying a multisectoral approach by integrating partners and stakeholders from the textile, waste collection and recycling, product design and other sectors. It is also integrating all actors within a quadruple innovation helix framework, relevant for the successful application of circularity in the textile sector.

Green-Tex lead partner is Sarajevo Economic Region Development Agency (SERDA). The project will be implemented in the period between January 2024 and June 2026 in partner regions of Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary, Slovakia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Romania and Bulgaria.

Project duration: 1 January 2024 – 30 June 2026

Total project budget: 1.790.300,00 EUR
Total EU funds: 1.432.240,00 EUR

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