Policy measures as a driver for textile waste prevention - case study in Nordic countries

Updated : October 2020


  • City and local administration
  • International policy makers
  • National and regional policy makers
  • NGOs
  • Textile industry sustainability professionals
  • Textile waste management professionals

This study, commissioned by the Waste Prevention group of the Nordic Council of Ministers, is conducted to understand the current scenario in the textile waste prevention in selected Nordic countries - Denmark, Finland and Sweden, which could be used for the development of effective policy measures for the enhancement of textile waste prevention. Clothes and home textiles are the major focus products for this study.

The study was carried out in collaboration with four organizations in four Nordic countries - Copenhagen Resource Institute (CRI), Denmark; National Consumer Research Centre (NCRC), Finland; Environice, Iceland and International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE) at Lund University, Sweden. Detailed secondary data collection and primary data collection involving interviews with 26 stakeholders in Denmark, Sweden, Japan and Finland were carried out.

Results showed that textile waste management is still in nascent stages and in some cases poorly organized or managed and hence the plants have shut down. However, existing government interventions and EPR programmes could have a positive influence on textile waste prevention. More research is needed in this regard for further policy development.

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