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The Ecotextyle project

Initiative on product environmental footprints (PEF)

12th January 2018

The Ecotextyle project is an initiative aimed at stimulating debate, exchanging good practices and developing an online training portal for people involved in environmental management and sustainability in the footwear and textile industries. It is co-funded under the Erasmus+ programme of the European Commission.

“Ecotextyle: Vocational Education and Training on Product Environmental Management for the Footwear and Textile Sector", is a 24-month partnership (from 01/10/2017-30/09/2019) at European level coordinated by the Centro Tecnológico del Calzado de La Rioja (CTCR) with the cooperation of Arnedo Neo Sapiens, BATTI (Bulgaria), Universita Politecnica delle Marche (UNIVPM) (Italy), Institute of Leather Industry in Lodz (IPS) (Poland), Zavod IRCUO (Slovenia) and SATRA Technology Centre (United Kingdom). Experts from the footwear, textile and education sector will meet together in the Spanish city of Arnedo at the end of February in order to start to work on the project training materials and develop content.

This innovative project aims to gather together organisations working on the development of programmes to train and educate on product environmental footprints (PEF) in the footwear sector and the production of textile complements related to it. The main objective will be to establish the appropriate training within SMEs or training centres to be able to implement the PEF methodology, in line with future European policies.

To achieve this, the organisations involved will create an online training portal in different languages dealing with issues such as product life cycle analysis, ecodesign, environmental footprints, environmental labelling and environmental product declaration, combining both, formal and non formal methodologies. Self-assessment and training tools will be developed for the skills needed and to ensure operatives are qualified to meet the developing demands on the footwear sector for both environmental sustainable products and producers.

For its part, SATRA will host an initial workshop on 16th January at its main research and testing facility in Kettering, UK. SATRA is inviting its member companies to participate in an interactive debate to identify where current environmental thinking is positioned throughout the industry, as well as signposting the potential direction the industry might take to confront the challenges that it will face in the future.

In order to follow the activities of this project please visit ecotextyle or SATRA's project page