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A look back at the digital & textile sustainability day

What are the challenges for new uses in the fashion industry?

The European Strategy for Sustainable Textiles aims to make EU textile products sustainable and recyclable by 2030. The aim is to promote products made mainly from recycled fibers, free from hazardous substances and manufactured in a respectful manner. social and environmental. Textiles, whether intended for clothing or technical applications in industry, energy, construction or mobility, offer increasingly significant advantages thanks to their innovative nature .


One of the main challenges of this strategy is managing the increasing quantities of unsold or returned textiles, which are often destroyed after a short period of use.  To deter this waste of value and resources, it is planned to introduce an obligation of transparency regarding the number of textile products destroyed or thrown away.


At the same time, the  textile industry is increasingly using digital technology. These digital tools offer new ways to interact between end users, merchants and suppliers, promote on-demand manufacturing and enable design that is better integrated with industrial processes. Thus, the use of these digital tools can reduce returns of clothing purchased online and reduce the carbon footprint of the textile industry.


Clarisse Angelier  (DG, ANRT) and Patxi Elissalde (DG, ESTIA) launched the day and returned to the future challenges of the fashion and textile industry and the role of teaching and research to achieve this. answer.


The fashion and textile industry faces complex challenges related to sustainability, ethics and innovation. Teaching and research play a crucial role in training tomorrow's professionals, raising awareness of current issues and developing new solutions and technologies to shape the future of this industry.  


  • Durability  

Reduce the environmental impact of the fashion industry. This implies the need to develop sustainable production practices, reduce the consumption of water, energy and chemicals, as well as promote the reuse, recycling and valorization of waste.   


  • Ethics and social responsibility :  

The fashion industry faces growing concerns over working conditions, workers' rights and ethical practices throughout the supply chain. 


  • Innovation and technology  

The rapid evolution of technology is having a significant impact on the fashion industry, whether through digitalization, artificial intelligence, augmented reality or 3D printing.  

Digital day and textile sustainability
digital day and textile sustainability

The  BALI Chair (Biarritz Active Lifestyle Industry ) is one of the main French teaching and research programs on technological innovations that will transform the textile and clothing industry. Initiated in 2017 by ESTIA, the members of the Chair act together to build the standards for more sustainable, more local and more transparent fashion .

Digital technology at the service of textile sustainability

Patrick BOURG  & Pantxika Ospital , from Belharra Numérique, spoke on the theme of Digital and Textile Sustainability on June 29 at ESTIA. They presented a first assessment of the Traceability thesis, which is almost at the end of its 3 years!


In the context of a  circular economy , where sustainability and  environmental responsibility are major concerns, it is essential to have complete, required and traceable information to enable consumers to make informed purchases. One of the necessary pieces of information is the origin of the product, particularly the materials used and where they came from. Consumers need to know if materials are recycled, renewable or sustainably sourced.


Additionally, it is crucial to know the manufacturing processes, including ethical practices,  labor standards possible certifications Consumers must be able to assess whether the product has been manufactured under conditions that respect workers' rights and whether it meets high quality criteria. Finally, traceability throughout the product life cycle is essential. Information on the production, distribution and recycling stages allows consumers to understand the environmental impact of the product and make informed decisions. By providing this information, companies promote greater transparency and empower consumers to support sustainable practices and make responsible choices when purchasing.

White paper extract 

Meeting the growing demand from civil society and consumers for greater “sustainability” requires obtaining reliable information about the products that consumers buy, wear or use. 

Transparency appears to be a catalyst for immediate action because it is based on a rigorous means of collecting and exchanging information relating to supply chain operations throughout the value chain and between all actors (raw material producers, manufacturers, intermediaries, brands and retailers). 

To find out more, discover the white paper  in French and English versions.

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