On February 21, 2023, 43 RegioGreenTex project partners gathered in Brussels to kick off the three-year project that is set to change the way we deal with textile recycling.

RegioGreenTex is a quadruple helix partnership (industry, civil society, government, academic sectors), which brings together partners from 11 European textile regions. Heads of networks, companies, research organizations, regional representatives: these actors will work for better circularity and stronger resilience of the European textile value chain. The project will strengthen interregional cooperation and support the employment and competitiveness of European SMEs through investment and the establishment of more virtuous production processes, in particular solutions related to waste recycling.

For Techtera and the textile industry in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, participation in RegioGreenTex is in line with the actions carried out by the cluster for a more circular, innovative and competitive sector. The project is also a continuation of the work carried out by Techtera at the European level, on strengthening the links between the main textile regions of the European Union and the joint initiatives carried out with other European textile poles and clusters.

It is also a way to support Techtera members directly:

Two Techtera member SMEs are project partners: Rovitex and Recyc’Elit. They will contribute directly to the implementation of RegioGreenTex by setting up innovative solutions related to the recycling of textile waste,
Techtera will lead a regional “Hub”, comprising a set of activities that should lead to more investment, both private and public, in companies in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region active in textile recycling.

More generally, RegioGreenTex presents itself, for the next 3 years, as a major player in the implementation of the European Union strategy for sustainable textiles.
Textile has been recognized as one of the main industrial ecosystems of the European Union, and this strategy has given a direction to follow for the actors of European, national and regional economic policies. RegioGreenTex responds to this strategy by offering a set of concrete tools for its implementation, with the realization of investments in SMEs co-financed by the project budget, and the establishment of services and interregional cooperation that will generate more investment in the coming years.

RegioGreenTex is co-financed by the European Union, under the I3 program (Interregional Innovation Investments), which is part of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). It is coordinated by the European textile confederation EURATEX.