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AMSTERDAM – Holland looks set to introduce extended producer responsibility (EPR) rules for textiles by 2023. The new guidelines would mean the Dutch fashion sector will become responsible for the collecting and recycling of discarded clothing in line with broader government goals of having a circular economy by 2050. France and, most recently, Sweden, have already introduced similar legislation.

State Secretary Stientje van Veldhoven told Holland’s House of Representatives: “I believe that we need to work towards a cleaner textile industry for our planet and for a healthy future for our children. The UPV [extended producer responsibility] … stimulates more reuse and recycling of our old clothing, large polluters pay and the consumer gets more sustainable clothing.”

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