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Sustainable Businesses

The new quality


More and more European companies chose sustainability in addition to their top-quality, to stand out in the global market. This choice is pushed by companies' value and growth strategies, by a growing consumer demand for better products and very stringent European legal requirements.


True sustainability comes with great efforts, costs, investments in knowledge, research and innovation and chiefly with collaboration along the whole value chain.


EURATEX works with its Members on Sustainable Businesses in:


Chemicals Policy:  REACH, CLP, BPR, level playing field  

Circular Economy: opportunities in material re-use, recycling, efficient use of resources and waste management

Industrial emissions, energy and climate change: CO2 emissions, energy efficiency, Best Available Technologies (BREF)   

Sustainable supply chains: due diligence, traceability, product environmental footprint 




Chemicals Policy


Chemicals are used at different stages of textile and garment production, from fibre or fabric preparation, dyeing, printing to finishing providing textiles with certain properties which may be aesthetic or functional such as oil or water repellence. The latter is particularly important for technical textiles and personal protective equipment essential for workers’ safety.


EURATEX in coordination with its Members works closely with EU policy makers, research community and other industries to promote effective legislation, sustainable use of chemicals, wise substitution of harmful chemicals, harmonisation of international requirements, consumer and environment protection.


EURATEX Position Paper on REACH REFIT 


Circular Economy


The need for circular economy is widely acknowledged across Europe and is addressed by businesses, society and policy makers. Hundreds of textile and apparel companies have, successfully, innovated and adapted their business models to better compete and deal with the transformation. The potential is, however, much greater. Being both close to the consumers and instrumental to other sectors, the European textile and apparel industry is in a privileged position to deliver and prosper in circular economy.


Read the policy brief Prospering in the Circular Economy


EURATEX collaborates with Business Europe in publication of the cases on



First technical meeting of the Cross Industry Agreement - Microplastics 


Industrial emissions, energy and climate change


The European Best Available Techniques reference documents (BREFs) are reference documents providing a description of industrial processes, and their respective operating conditions and emission rates. The European Member States are required to refer to BREF when determining the best available techniques, in general or in specific cases, and related emission from manufacturing activities.


EURATEX participates in the review of the Textile BREF as of 2018.


The Emissions Trading System (ETS) is a cornerstone of the EU's policy to combat climate change and is a key tool for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.


More information on ETS is available here.



Energy efficiency is of critical importance for the textile and clothing industry. Energy Made-to-Measure is a campaign designed to pursue energy efficiency in the textile and clothing industry. It collects and brings resources and information to companies, enabling them to take action.

Read more about Energy Made-to-Measure



Sustainable supply chains


EURATEX supports relevant business initiatives for due diligence and participates in the efforts of the European Institutions, as well as those of international organizations, to improve sustainability and promote responsible business conducts in the European and global garment supply chain.


Fair and effective solutions to global issues can only be produced by collaborating with all parties and building up on the achievements from successful voluntary initiatives, considering diversity along the value chain (especially the features of the European industry and its SMEs), facilitating transparency and information for the consumers, to ultimately help people choose sustainable products. 



Read the OECD due diligence guidelines.

Read the EURATEX considerations on the EU flagship initiative on the garment sector





Relevant EURATEX Position Papers


Click on the links below to read our most recent Position Papers on topics concerning sustainable businesses:


Outcome of REACH REFIT - June 2018


Considerations on MICROPLASTICS - October 2017


Prospering in the circular Economy Policy Brief - June 2017


Considerations on EU flagship initiative on the garment sector - April 2017