European regulations in the fashion industry

18 January 2023

What fashion brands can do to prepare for 2023 legislations.

The strategy for sustainable and circular textiles

The fashion industry is facing increasing legislative pressure. From Europe wide fashion regulations to country specific laws coming into effect this year, Europe is aiming for a complete overhaul of the industry by 2030 under the Strategy for Sustainable Textiles.

The strategy for sustainable and circular textiles, was drafted earlier this year by the European Commission as part of the Green deal which aims to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent in the world by 2050, without damaging economic growth or livelihoods.

The focus on textiles comes as no surprise as the European consumption of textiles has, on average, the fourth highest impact on the environment and climate change, after food, housing and mobility. It is also the third highest area of consumption for water and land use, and fifth highest for the use of primary raw materials and greenhouse gas emissions.

The sustainable textile strategy laid out in March 2022 includes key proposals such as design requirements that would ensure fashion items are longer-lasting, easier to repair and recycle and free of hazardous substances.