Production of new clothes consumes enormous amounts of chemicals and causes 10% of global GHG emissions. Second-hand decreases the need for new clothes. Once produced, these clothes should be worn for as long as possible before being fully recycled. But what can be done to make this circular concept work?
During this year’s European Green Week, Ecopreneur.eu supports BNW e.V.’s member HUMANA with two highly interactive official partner events. Together with stakeholders from the textiles sector, we will explore the situation of the second-hand sector in the EU and its member states. What are the key policy instruments to help second-hand become mainstream? How should we go about it? Would a reduced VAT rate on second-hand clothes and repair services do the trick? Should we collect one million signatures across the EU in a European Citizens’ Initiative to support our cause?
The first debate “Second-Hand Counts- Zero Pollution” will take place on Friday, 4 June 2021 from 11:00 – 14:00, and is geared towards anyone with a vested interest in sustainable fashion.
“Second-Hand Counts – What to do?” on Saturday, June 5th from 15:00 – 18:00 invites manufacturers, NGOs, and consumers to continue the debate on how to best put effective measures into action. Both events will be held in English and are free of cost.
Click on the above links to register.