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Guide for developing Product as a Service business

The Product as a Service model can offer many sustainability benefits as well as several business opportunities to companies. This guide will provide information, examples and practical tools for companies to develop and implement Product as a Service business models. By reading this guide, you can gain more understanding of what the Product as a Service model is, how it contributes to circular economy and how to create profitable business from the model.

Telaketju – Business from Circularity of Textiles

The report summarises results obtained within the Telaketju 2 project structures under the following themes: business models, consumers, sustainable materials, product design, recycling, and product information.It contains links to earlier and possible more detailed publications of each topic. The report also reviews the outcome and success of the project, as we compare targets with the obtained results, and feedback collected from participating companies and other organizations. Furthermore, the Telaketju road-map has been included as part of the report focusing on the future.

Textile flows in Finland 2019

This report was produced in the project Textile flows in Finland 2019, carried out by the Finnish Environment Institute SYKE, Turku University of Applied Sciences (Turku UAS) and Lounais-Suomen Jätehuolto. It provides up-to-date information on textile flows needed for the development of the nationwide separate collection, reuse and recycling of used textiles and for the development of the overall sustainability of textile systems.

Circular Nordic Bio Nonwoven in MedTech Applications

Bilater Swedish Finnish NordicBio project aimed for development and pilot scale demonstration of a cost effective, bio and circular material based materials suitable for medical applications. This report summarizes work carried out in VTT’s sub project. VTT focused on development of cleaning process for mechanically recycled fibres and making nonwoven materials using foam laying process.

National Collection of End-of-life Textiles in Finland

This publication will go through the reasons why it is important to have national harmonisation and prioritisation for the collection of end-of-life textiles, how and when this collection will be carried out, and how the various operators will participate in the collection.

Telaketju: Towards Circularity of Textiles

The final report of Telaketju project summarise work carried out in Telaketju Tekes project supplemented with valuable findings and results from other Telaketju activities. Report includes description of circular textile ecosystem in Finland with future development needs and vision. It gives a summary of work carried out in order to build circular economy and sustainability know-how into Finnish companies, and research activities that aimed for facilitating textile recycling from collection and sorting to recycling processes. Furthermore, it includes description of large number of trials and demonstrations carried out by research organizations and companies.

Technical monitoring on optical sorting and textile recognition technologies at a European level

The study was carried out by Terra to establish a state of the art on technologies used for textile recognition and sorting and to list the projects and development in progress in this area in Europe and consolidate feedback.

The report from Ellen MacArthur Foundation discussing the future of fashion: A new textile economy: redesigning fashion ’s future.

Two publications from The Nordic Council of Ministers, one about the leading recycling textile brands in Nordic countries and another about the recycling of textiles.

Textile to textile recycling: Ten Nordic brands that are leading the way and Stimulating Textile to Textile Recycling.

The final report from the Kiertovillasta kasvuun project by Metropolia University of Applied Sciences in Finland. Kiertovillasta kasvuun: Villan kierrätyksen ja kierrätysvillatuotteiden toimitusketju ja liiketoimintamahdollisuudet (FI).

A new textiles economy: redesigning fashion’s future

The objective is to design a clothing industry which takes the principles of circular economy and responsible operations into consideration and, by doing so, changes the conception of how clothes are produced, sold and used (and recycled). According to the report, the current clothing industry fails to take the environment, raw materials or well-being of workers into consideration in the required manner. The life of clothes is shorter than before, and the majority of clothes end up in garbage; only approximately 1% of used textiles are recycled. This creates a high demand for raw materials that burden the environment. A system should be developed in which no raw materials end up in waste after use. The report lists methods for the industry to improve its production, consumption and recycling processes.

Valuing Our Clothes: the cost of UK fashion

The report focuses on the environmental impacts of the clothing industry in the UK. It provides an update of the SCAP (Sustainable Clothing Action Plan) process and accomplishments thus far and seeks ways to meet the SCAP objectives. Central themes in the report include the consumption of clothes in the UK, consumption behaviour and the environmental impacts of the clothing industry.

Model of circular business ecosystem for textiles

The report describes the modelling of a new textile ecosystem based on circular economy. The model aims to create a closed loop with reuse and recycling at the core. It will be the same type of four-component model as applied by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.