Sustainable Textiles Switzerland 2030 (STS 2030) is a multi-stakeholder program with the mission to contribute significantly to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the Swiss textile and clothing sector along the entire value chain.
Sustainable Textiles Switzerland 2030 supports actors in the Swiss textile and clothing sector to act in a socially and environmentally responsible manner and to implement transparent sustainability measures in their organizations. With a large part of textile production taking place outside of Switzerland, the program will at the same time be internationally coordinated and specifically tailored to the requirements of the Swiss context. In the long term, the multi-stakeholder program thereby contributes to the sustainable development as well as the competitiveness of the sector along the entire value chain.
Sustainable Textiles Switzerland 2030 engages key actors of the Swiss textile and clothing sector in a multi-stakeholder dialogue to develop common sustainability targets for 2030. After an initial mapping, these targets, and clear measures how to reach them are defined until March 2021. This approach of STS 2030 provides a roadmap how to implement international targets in the Swiss context and how to communicate transparently about its progress. In order to achieve the greatest possible impact, the activities of Sustainable Textiles Switzerland 2030 are aligned with similar national and international initiatives. Additionally, Sustainable Textiles Switzerland 2030 stimulates sustainable supply and demand by transferring knowledge about sustainable textile production and consumption.
Actors of the Swiss textile and clothing sector are invited to engage in the program by contributing to the mapping and participating in the definition of the sustainability targets for 2030. If you want to engage, click on the button below or, if you are a member Swiss Textiles, amfori or Swiss Fair Trade, you can find your respective contact person. here
Textiles are ubiquitous in our daily lives, from clothing and household textiles to technological solutions in a wide array of applications, such as medicine, mobility and architecture. The global textile industry is one of the most important and fast-growing economic sectors, but also poses huge social and environmental challenges as the majority of textile production is carried out abroad.
Initiative Sustainable Textiles Switzerland
In 2018 the Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN), the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) as well as the associations Swiss Textiles and amfori initiated the initiative Sustainable Textiles Switzerland as a multi-stakeholder dialogue.
The first milestone was reached with the sustainable textiles and clothing Switzerland future lab, which was held on March 28, 2018 at the Hotel Sorell Zürichberg in Zurich. The event saw some 50 figures mainly from industry, but also from the science community, NGOs and the public sector, discuss joint solutions for a future-proof and sustainable textile and clothing industry in Switzerland.
Within the first two years, four working groups have developed target visions, fields of action and initial measures. Subsequently, in summer 2020 the initiative Sustainable Textiles Switzerland and the Kerenzerberg Future Forum Sustainable Textiles were transformed into STS 2030.
European Clothing Action Plan (ECAP)
UNEP: Platform on Building Circularity in the Textile Value Chain
European Environment Agency: Textiles and the environment in a circular economy
On September 1, 2020 another full day Swiss Green Economy Symposium will take place in Winterthur, Switzerland (in German, with English Translation).