Scotland launches £2m circular fund for clothing and textile industry
Scotland’s new joint funding scheme, which launched on Friday June 24, will see money go directly to clothing and textile businesses across Scotland and hopes to support initiatives that will boost the circular economy from the country.
Applications for the fund are open until July 29, 2022 and can come from individual companies or a collaboration between companies that wish to achieve a set of objectives, including:
- Reduce demand for new textiles, such as clothing and textile rental, reuse and repair services.
- Use sustainable manufacturing processes.
- Reduce environmental impacts in life, such as mitigating pollution from washing textiles and making them easier to reuse and repair.
- Maximize the amount of textile waste captured and recycled.
Zero Waste Scotland recalls that its latest Carbon Metric report highlights that textiles, which represent 4% of waste by weight, account for almost a third (32%) of the carbon impact of Scottish household waste.
The organization’s chief executive, Iain Gulland, said: “As a nation, we need to rethink the way we make, buy and use products and take action to consume more responsibly. Businesses have a key role to play in facilitating this change, helping customers make more sustainable purchasing decisions while contributing to a greener economy.
He adds that the Circular Textiles Fund is a fantastic opportunity for businesses to be part of the solution by helping the country move away from a disposable approach to products and materials and make things that last instead. .
This new initiative follows two public consultations on proposals for a circular economy bill and roadmap to 2025 as part of wider ambitions of zero waste in Scotland and achieving of the country’s circular economy ambitions.
Scottish Circular Economy Minister Lorna Slater explains: “From fashion to furniture, there are huge opportunities for companies with creative ideas to help solve this problem. That’s why we’re creating the £2m Circular Textiles Fund, which will help Scottish businesses bring their proposals to fruition. Alongside our Circular Economy Bill, this will help increase the number of sustainable businesses in Scotland and prevent textiles from ending up in landfill or incineration.
The new fund was launched at the headquarters of Scottish sustainable clothing manufacturer Kalopsia Collective in Dunfermline, Scotland.
Rebekah Chapman, Production Technician at Kalopsia Collective, underlines that the circular economy is a passion shared by many working in the Scottish garment and textile sector, adding: “We are delighted to help launch the Circular Textiles Fund and we look forward to seeing more companies doing things differently for the future of people and the planet.