A united Sweden for a sustainable textile and fashion industry
It is URGENT that the fashion and textile industry becomes environmentally sustainable and eventually develops a climate-neutral and non-toxic cycle in line with what the planet can sustain.
Textile & Fashion 2030 is a neutral arena and enables new, sustainable solutions and business opportunities for the textile and fashion industry. We unite industry players and create a dynamic, strong COMMUNITY to reduce environmental impact at both national and international levels.
We offer skills development, activities, and tools that measure the progress of your sustainability work to achieve desirable results and to meet the consumer of the future. Through our work, Sweden is ACTING now and we are acting together.
The Swedish government has given the University of Borås the task of establishing and leading Textile & Fashion 2030—the national platform for sustainable fashion and textiles. The five-year assignment is led by Smart Textiles, part of Science Park Borås at the University of Borås, in collaboration with the Swedish School of Textiles, the Swedish Fashion Council, the RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, TEKO – the Swedish trade and employers’ association for companies working in the textile and fashion industry and Svensk Handel (Swedish Trade Federation).
More about the mission
Textile & Fashion 2030 is the platform that puts Sweden at the forefront when it comes to the development of the textile and fashion sector in moving towards sustainability and a circular economy. Its aims are:
- To promote collaboration, cooperation, and efforts towards an environmentally sustainable value chain in the textile sector.
- To make research and development results available for environmentally sustainable development and provide a bridge between research and practice.
- To promote sustainable business models and combine environmental benefits with business benefits.
- To strengthen the work of SMEs to achieve circular flow and environmentally sustainable development.
- To minimize negative environmental effects from production.
In this way, the platform also works to achieve the national environmental goals and Agenda 2030 goals that affect textiles and fashion.
The platform, in collaboration with relevant stakeholders from business, academia, institutes, and public organizations, will encourage and coordinate education, research, and innovation with the aim of supporting environmentally sustainable development. Areas of focus include developing new business models, freeing production and other activities from substances harmful to health and the environment, improving energy efficiency in the sector, and, primarily, promoting a transition to a circular economy, i.e. models that result in an efficient cycle of materials rather than linear processes. The purpose is to create a circular cycle for the textile and fashion sector.
Textile & Fashion 2030 will situate Sweden as a world-leading partner and role model in the circular economy with minimal environmental impact in terms of textiles and fashion.
Within Textile & Fashion 2030, we intend to strengthen the positive forces already at work and together ensure that the Swedish textile and fashion industry’s contributions to meeting the global goals of Agenda 2030 are realized.
The platform for sustainable fashion and sustainable textiles is an effective resource for companies’ transition to a circular economy and, for the sector, a center when it comes to knowledge and collaboration, thus making Sweden a leader in relation to the environment and sustainability.
There are a number of strategic target areas with measurable, related operational goals linked to the platform’s structure and activities that protect the platform’s vision. Examples of strategic target areas are:
- Attract and inspire
- Connect actors
- Increase competence
- Support for implementation
- Contribute to decisions and policies
- Highlight results nationally and internationally