Together we create a more sustainable textile industry
Stichting UPV Textiel supports producers and importers of clothing and household textiles in their individual EPR obligations. On behalf of the participating companies, the foundation will collectively organize the collection, reuse and recycling of discarded textiles. The foundation also encourages consumers to separately hand in more clothes and textiles via the textile bins or shops. By joining forces, we can realize the sustainability goals.
Stichting UPV Textiel was established in 2022 on the initiative of Modint and INretail. Both members and non-members can participate in this producer organization.
The EPR for Textiles Decree stems from the government's Circular Textiles 2020-2025 policy program. In 2019, in the sector plan Towards a Circular Textile Chain the sector expressed its ambition and commitment to work together to fulfil its extended producer responsibility effectively and proportionately. Partly in response to political pressure and social criticism to take direction: "by and for the sector".
Producers and importers are obligated by the legal EPR for Textiles Decree to set up a system to collect more clothes separately, enable more reuse and more high-quality recycling. By joining forces, the producer organization can further develop the existing infrastructure into an efficient collection and processing system to achieve the reuse and recycling goals.
The foundation makes agreements with municipalities, collectors, sorters, thrift shops and recyclers and cooperates with companies that develop new initiatives for collection and processing. This enables effective and affordable collection and processing of discarded clothes and textiles. In this way, companies do not individually have to make complex agreements with all the different parties. In addition, the collective enables investments in knowledge sharing and innovations, which are necessary for achieving the targets. Foreign e-commerce companies are also subject to the EPR obligations. We advise them to join Stichting UPV Textiel. This will ensure that costs are shared fairly among as many companies as possible.
In short: Stichting UPV Textiel can collectively, on behalf of the participating companies, organize the individual responsibilities as efficiently, effectively and affordably as possible. For you and with the sector.
We look forward to support your organization in taking on extended producer responsibility.
The EPR for Textiles Decree holds producers/importers of textiles they release on the Dutch market accountable for separate collection, reuse and recycling and organizing and financing an appropriate collection system.