From 7 to 10 November at the Rimini exhibition centre, Ecomondo edition 2023 is the international reference event in Europe and the Mediterranean basin for technologies, services and industrial solutions in the green and circular economy sectors. An event that also attracts the interest of the fashion sector, which in 2022, according to data from the Confindustria Study Center, saw a +32.4% compared to the previous year, reaching 8.1 billion euros.
Towards increasingly sustainable fashion
In the Textile District of Ecomondo edition 2023 there is therefore space not only for the showcase, but also for an interesting schedule of events. An initiative of great importance if we consider that the fashion industry is one of the pillars of the EU economy, with 400 thousand companies and 31% of the European turnover (55 billion euros). But also among the supply chains that produce the most pollution. According to data released by the European Community, fashion generates 12.6 million tonnes of textile waste per year in the Old Continent. Clothing and footwear alone represent 5.2 million tonnes of waste, with an average of 12 kg per person each year. Currently, only 22% of post-consumer textile waste is collected separately for reuse or recycling, with the rest often incinerated or landfilled.
Furthermore, on a global level, the fashion supply chain is responsible for 10% of global carbon emissions, for the consumption of around 93 billion cubic meters of water in production alone, and for the discharge of around 500,000 tonnes of microfibres into the sea.
Data which becomes even more significant in light of the estimates developed by the Brussels institutions, according to which the production of textile products should grow by 63% by 2030.
Best practices at the fair
To promote the transition towards sustainability in the fashion sector, during Ecomondo edition 2023 www.ecomondo.com good practices from iconic groups and brands such as LVMH Group, Valentino and Fendi will be highlighted. Alongside these, there are also the experiences of companies born with a sustainable DNA such as Beste which, with the Beredo project, allows us to give new life to all the pre-consumer materials of brands and manufacturing companies.
Companies but not only, because the war on waste cannot be fought by companies alone, but requires the support of institutions. The European Community has recently proposed to introduce new regulations (ERP) to make producers responsible for the entire life cycle of textile products. An initiative in line with the community strategy, (which is found in the high number of dedicated events within the Ecomondo calendar during the four days of the event.
This year the Textile Observatory also returns, which places emphasis on the state of progress of textile waste management by Italian municipalities and beyond.