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Greenwashing in the Fashion Industry

Greenwashing in the Fashion Industry

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Policy Paper
Author: 
Generation Climate Europe, Task Force on Textiles
Publication Date: 
10/2021
Country: 
Belgium

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This policy paper sheds light on the false claims and misleading communication campaigns advertised by the fashion industry. It discusses the environmental impacts associated with these Greenwashing claims in relation to three issues: materials, circularity and climate.

The paper further presents the most common statements and strategies used by fashion companies to convey their alleged engagement in environmentally sustainable practices.

Finally, recommendations are given on the policies needed on the EU-level to ensure that fashion brands are providing accurate and verifiable information to consumers, for them to make informed choices.

With this policy paper, Generation Climate Europe (GCE) calls on the EU to address the growing issue of Greenwashing in the fashion industry.

14 Dec 2021
Digital Europe Programme

The Digital Europe Programme (DIGITAL) is a new EU funding programme focused on bringing digital technology to businesses, citizens and public administrations. The calls for proposals are now open for submissions for Digital Product Passport: sustainable and circular systems. The deadline is 22 February 2022.

03 Dec 2021
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In 2020 the EU’s circular material use rate reached 12,8 %, i.e. almost 13 % of material resources used in the EU came from recycled waste materials, according to Eurostat.

The circularity rate - which is part of the EU monitoring framework on the circular economy - is the share of material resources used coming from recycled waste materials, thus saving extractions of primary raw materials.

30 Nov 2021

The initiative called Microplastics pollution – measures to reduce its impact on the environment aims to tackle microplastics unintentionally released into the environment. It will focus on labelling, standardisation, certification and regulatory measures for the main sources of these plastics.

The European Commission would like to hear your views on microplastics pollution. Give your feedback!

02 Dec 2021
Nordic Engineers

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City: 
Copenhagen
Country: 
Denmark

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Join this Nordic debate, co-hosted by Danish MEP Pernille Weiss and ANE, the Association of Nordic Engineers, on how to ensure that engineers and STEM professionals have the necessary skills for the Circular Economy.

10 Dec 2021

The ECESP Coordination Group members will present Europe's pioneering work in the field of the circular economy to a global audience on 17-18 January 2022 during the Europe Circular Days in Dubai. European Commissioners, MEPs, and other EU institutions' representatives will join the event to present Europe's vision for the circular economy.

30 Nov 2021
Loops

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City: 
Brussels
Country: 
Belgium

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As the Horizon 2020 research programme becomes Horizon Europe, what better time to witness how great ideas turn into real projects? LOOPS is the opportunity to show what cutting-edge research has been produced, and the changes it can bring to our communities. For those who are not familiar with it, LOOPS is a live webinar series committed to spotlighting innovation in the field of circular economy.

01 Dec 2021 to 02 Dec 2021
International Seminar on Plastics Recycling

The International Seminar on Plastics Recycling organised by Aimplas will focus on the current challenges and opportunities related to managing and recycling plastic waste. It will also raise awareness about ongoing initiatives designed to scale up efforts to achieve the objectives set.

European food banks and COVID-19: Resilience and innovation in times of crisis

European food banks and COVID-19: Resilience and innovation in times of crisis

European Food Banks Federation
Author: 
Paula Victoria Capodistrias, Julia Szulecka , Matteo Corciolani , Nhat Strøm-Andersen
Publication Date: 
11/2021
Country: 
EU
Norway

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The European Food Banks Federation (FEBA) works on raising awareness about the problems of food waste and poverty, lifting obstacles to food donation for social purposes, and promoting the circular economy.

This research paper examines the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the functioning of European food banks and how resilient European food banks were in coping with the pandemic in 2020.

The researchers apply a multiple case study to assess how the first year of the pandemic affected European food banks’ operations and the amount of redistributed food. They further investigate innovation practices that have been developed to cope with the new situation, hoping to draw lessons for imminent future waves of the pandemic and other social crises.

17 Nov 2021
Circular Economy Hotspot Catalonia 2021

A historic decision has been announced at the Catalonia Circular Hotspot Event 2021! The 2023 edition of the Circular Economy Hotspot will be hosted by Nigeria, Ireland, and Chile!

20 Apr 2022 to 21 Apr 2022
Palacio de Congresos

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City: 
Valencia
Country: 
Spain

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The MeetingPack conference is held every two years by AIMPLAS and AINIA. This year's event will bring packaging value chain stakeholders to the Valencia Conference Centre on 20-21 April 2022 to discuss Barrier Packaging Solutions: A Challenge for the Circular Economy.

15 Nov 2021
European Commission

You are invited to participate in a survey by the European Commission on the use and application of the environmental footprint methods (and PEFCRs and OEFSRs). The results of this survey will help the Commission understand how they can provide further support for accelerating and implementing these methods more effectively. 

22 Nov 2021 to 09 Dec 2021
EIT Climate-KIC

Climate KiC has launched two training programmes focusing on the use of Circularity Thinking tools in the manufacturing and food sectors within EIT Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS) countries. Registration are open!

18 Nov 2021
Farm to Fork

The 11th meeting of the EU Platform on Food Losses and Food Waste will be held virtually on 18 November. This is the last meeting of the current Platform before its re-establishment with a new membership, starting 2022.

24 Nov 2021
Level(s)

This virtual conference focuses on Level(s), an EU assessment and reporting framework that provides built-environment professionals with a common language for assessing buildings' sustainability performance. It features objectives and indicators to measure performance at every lifecycle stage.

Level(s) is free to download and use and has been tested extensively across the EU. It's designed for projects of all sizes.

18 Nov 2021
Veltha

LOOPS is an opportunity to show what cutting-edge research has been produced, and which changes it can bring to our communities. It is a series of live webinars committed to spotlighting innovation in the field of circular economy. Next event, taking place on 18 November, is about improving the life cycle of textiles.

15 Nov 2021
CONDEREFF Project

As part of the CONDEREFF Project, the Workshop and Exchange-of-experience visit on "Selection, permits and monitoring of C&D waste management sites and facilities" will be held online on 15 November.

08 Nov 2021
Raw Materials Week 2021

The sixth EU Raw Materials Week will take place from 15 to 19 November 2021, bringing together stakeholders to discuss policies and initiatives in the field of raw materials.

During the online event on Bio-based solutions for the green and digital transition on 16 November, you will learn how to upcycle woody biomass residues into valuable and innovative products.

17 Nov 2021
 Standards4SDGs

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City: 
Online
Country: 
Belgium, EU, Germany, Italy, Netherlands

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Lack of standards in meeting sustainability goals may open the door to greenwashing or misallocation of assets and could lead to a lack of trust in progress towards SDGs. At the webinar on Standards4SDGs on 17 November, you will get an overview of how international organisations have already developed standards that can be linked to policies related to the circular economy, resource efficiency, environmental management and social responsibility, providing a level playing field for standards adopters.

04 Nov 2021
On the Green Track

On the Green Track is an EU campaign on biodiversity and nature for young people, organised in collaboration with the Global Biodiversity Youth Network and implemented in spring 2022 during the European Year of Youth.
You or your organisation can contribute to the debate about the future of nature and biodiversity by organising a youth-focused event and hence become one of the Green Track Stops.

25 Nov 2021

Circular procurement is one of the answers to the changing functional needs of users within an organisation. It is also an essential tool for promoting a circular economy in the procurement process by stimulating the market for circular products and services.

On 25 November 2021, at 10.00-12.00 CET, the ECESP Leadership Group for Circular Procurement invites you to join the #EUCircularTalks on circular procurement. The debate will centre on the policies to drive circular procurement, thereby accelerating the transition to a circular economy within the EU. From policy levels varying from the European Commission to cities, speakers will share their experiences with circular and green procurement policies. These will set the stage for an interactive dialogue.

03 Nov 2021
Survey

As part of the European LIFE Waste2Build project, INEC and SYNETHIC launched a survey to identify existing circular economy approaches in the construction and deconstruction sector. One of the questionnaire's objectives is to showcase the initiatives already on the ground.

03 Nov 2021
Circular Economy Hotspot Catalonia

The Circular Economy Hotspot Catalonia 2021 will take place in Barcelona. The 5th edition of the event aims to share circular economy strategies and experiences.

The celebration of this event strengthens the Circular Catalonia hub, a meeting point for companies, institutions, and people ready to put into practice solutions and strategies to consolidate the circular economy in Catalonia.

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