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The textile industry is doing research, experiments and cooperations with the aim to lower the environmental impact and make the sector more sustainable. Close The Loop and Fashion Flows are such initiatives where OVAM is involved. OVAM asked Centexbel to do research on how to give workware and company textiles more qualitative destinations. 


A circular economy knows a number of strategies to promote greater resource productivity aiming to reduce waste and avoiding pollution by design or intention.The model on the right shows how circularity for textile could work. It is clear textiles:  

  • can be restored;
  • have a high resale value;
  • are recyclable or biodegradable;
  • can be easily disassembled and transformed into new garment.

The following applies: the smaller the cycle, the lower the impact for the environment and the higher the financial profit for the companies involved.


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Close The Loop guides designers, producers, retailers and consumers through principles to take into account the whole lifecycle of a garment. Hundreds of strong cases prove a lot is going on already.



You also think of Antwerp when speaking about fashion? Well, even they continue to not dwell.

Stadslab2050 runs the project Fashion Flows in cooperation with Flanders Fashion Institute (FFI), Plan C and OVAM to boost sustainable and innovative projects.


OVAM launches a research in 2017 on how the textile business can evolve into a circular process. Different clusters manage to deal with the disposal of a large volume of textiles. Examples are discarded work clothes, uniforms,...from staff employed at the port, railways, airport, police, supermarkets...

Centexbel investigates for OVAM how to give this stream of textiles a proper destination and show companies the optimal solution for their disposed textiles. In the meantime we want investigate how we can prevent this waste through ecodesign.  

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