Garment industry should be responsible for recycling, minister says
The clothing industry, rather than local authorities, should be responsible for collecting and recycling old clothes in the Netherlands, Infrastructure Minister Stientje van Veldhoven told MEPs in a briefing.
The textile industry, the minister said, is one of the most polluting in the world, producing more carbon dioxide emissions than air and sea travel combined. By doing the responsible recycling industry, there will be less pollution and less waste, said Van Veldhoven.
The minister’s plans are based on a proposal developed by industry bodies InRetail and Modint and would come into effect in 2023, if approved by both houses of parliament.
Details of the plan, such as collection points and financial implications, still need to be worked out. However, all producers of consumer clothing, including those based abroad, should be covered by the proposals, the minister said.
The Dutch government set a target of having by 2030 half of all clothing made from recycled or fully sustainable textiles.
The Denim Deal, concluded last year, is one of them. In this agreement, the signatories agreed to work together to find sustainable solutions to close the production loop.
In particular, they pledged to use a minimum of 5% recycled content in every pair of jeans and to create at least one million jeans with 20% post-consumer recycled content.
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