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Project Description

The rapid growth of fast fashion has led to increasing textile waste, posing environmental and logistical challenges. This issue is addressed by the Textile and Habiliment Reuse for the Environment and NPA Area Development (THREAD) project, which is funded by the Interreg Northern Periphery and Arctic (NPA) 2021-2027 Programme.

THREAD addresses the pressing challenges of textile waste and the environmental impact of fast fashion in the NPA region. THREAD aims to investigate the potential of textile reuse and recycling, especially in areas with sparse populations. The project will evaluate the best available technology for textile waste management in the region, with a vision to enhance resource sufficiency in NPA communities.

Recognising the limited volumes of valuable waste fractions in sparsely populated areas, the project emphasizes the importance of efficient waste management systems. By leveraging the best available technology, THREAD aims to foster a culture of resource sufficiency and sustainability in NPA communities.

Project Information

Project Information
Project Duration: 01.06.2023 - 30.11.2023
Funded By: Interreg Northern Periphery and Arctic
Project Coordinator: Kajaani University of Applied Sciences
Partners: Western Development Commission, Kajaani University of Applied Sciences, Remiks Miljøpark AS

Project Actions

The core action of THREAD revolves around a Textile Waste Market Feasibility Study. This work package focuses on understanding the current landscape of textile waste in the NPA region and identifying potential markets for its reuse and recycling. The study will provide insights into the feasibility of establishing sustainable textile waste management systems and promote the importance of recycling and reusing textiles.

Thread Project Team at Clew Bay
Representatives from the WDC, KAMK and Remiks against the backdrop of Clew Bay, Mayo

Project Results

THREAD envisions a sustainable NPA region where textile waste is minimised, and recycling is maximised. The project aims to draft actionable recommendations for establishing efficient textile waste collection and treatment systems in the NPA region. By understanding local circumstances and legislative requirements, THREAD will promote the recycling of textile waste into valuable raw materials. The project will also share best practices from participating regions to foster circular economy activities across the NPA region. Following the project’s initial phase, the THREAD team will be submitting a full application for project funding to implement the strategies and solutions developed through the project’s research. 

Project Funders

Project Contacts

The lead project partner for THREAD is the Kajaani University of Applied Sciences, Finland.

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