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Industry figures to help guide sustainable clothing programme

The Europe Clothing Action Plan (ECAP), a European Union (EU)-funded programme that aims to promote a more sustainable clothing industry, has formed a dedicated advisory group to work across the EU.

ECAP is made up five prominent European organisations: WRAP-UK, MADE-BY, Rijkswaterstaat (RWS), the Danish Fashion Institute (DAFI), and the London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB). Its aim is to divert more than 90,000 tonnes of clothing away from landfill annually in Europe by 2019. It also wants to reduce CO2 emissions and generate significant water savings.

The new advisory group is made up of eight industry figures, who represent a variety of disciplines from academia and design to manufacturing and recycling. They will offer guidance to ECAP’s partner organisations. They will also act as ambassadors for the programme as it seeks to forge new partnerships with stakeholders and businesses across the EU. 

The eight founding members of the group are:

Alan Wheeler – General delegate within the UK-based Textiles Division of the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR), which supports the recycling industry internationally, serves as a platform to establish business relations, and promotes recycling among other industrial sectors and policy makers. 

Baptiste Carriere-Pradal – European vice president of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), an industry-wide group of over 200 leading brands, retailers, suppliers, service providers, trade associations, NGOs, and academic institutions working to reduce the environmental and social impacts of products around the world through its Higg Index.

Jef Wintermans – Agreement coordinator for sustainable garments and textiles at the Sociaal-Economische Raad (SER) in the Netherlands, a group made up of 75 organisations, including government departments and companies, which is working together to address social, ethical and environmental issues, including animal welfare, in the production of clothing and textiles.

Juergen Janssen - Programme manager at the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles (GIZ) in Germany, an initiative that works improve the social, ecological and economic conditions along the entire textile value chain. 

Laila Petrie – Manager of global partnerships for WWF International, which is working to build a future where people and nature thrive, and works to reduce the ecological footprint of doing business, and to help the private sector be better stewards of shared natural assets. 

Mauro Scalia - Head of sustainable businesses for the European Apparel and Textile Confederation (Euratex), which represents the interests of the European textile and clothing manufacturing industry at international level, particularly in relation to its dealings with EU institutions. 

Sigrid Barnekow – Programme director of Mistra Future Fashion in Sweden, a cross-disciplinary research program on sustainable fashion, where new knowledge and innovations aim to drive systemic change. Its research covers design, supply chain, user and recycling, in a consortium with 50 research and industry partners. 

Professor Rebecca Earley – Research centre director at the University of the Arts in London and a member of the research consortium for Mistra Future Fashion, and the EU Horizon 2020 project, Trash-2-Cash, in Sweden. 

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