Finland as a forerunner in sustainable and knowledge-based textile industry - Roadmap for 2035

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On the one hand, the textile and fashion industry in Finland is currently going through a transition period. On the other hand, Finland has excellent preconditions for transforming the textile industry as part of an international network. There are several interesting pilot projects and industrial production investment projects going on around the new and ecological textile fibres as well as recycled textile fibres in Finland.

The aim of this work was first to identify the themes around which the roadmap was built. Secondly, the vision as well as the enablers and barriers were recognised. The data was collected in two workshops and in couple of individual interviews.

Finland will become as a forerunner in sustainable and knowledge-based textile industry by 2035. In practice, the first step to push the transformation is the building of Future proof loop pilot and ecosystem around the pilot, where different actors could demonstrate and verify sustainability and responsibility as well as business potential of novel solutions. Designed for sustainability will be operating model in the pilot. It will be developed and implemented within Future proof loop pilot. Later on, this operating model is extended into an international Designed for sustainability standard that will give globally common tools to verify sustainability.

For Finland, a renewed textile industry would mean an estimated one billion euros investments and almost 17 000 new jobs by 2035, and a strengthened global reputation as a leader in the circular economy and sustainable development.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationTampere
PublisherVTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Number of pages30
Publication statusPublished - 18 Aug 2021
MoE publication typeD4 Published development or research report or study

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SeriesVTT Research Report


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