Special advisors join European Clothing Action Plan
The European Clothing Action Plan (ECAP), the EU-Life funded project that aims to drive sustainability throughout the entire lifecycle of clothing, welcomes eight special advisors who join a dedicated ECAP advisory group to work with the sector across the EU.
Leigh Mapledoram, head of programme at WRAP which oversees ECAP, said: “We held our first group meeting recently, and it’s obvious that the advisors' involvement will be invaluable in expanding ECAP’s reach and that their energy and support will help towards ECAP achieving its ambitious goal of making European clothing more sustainable – from point of production to end of life.”
The eight members of the ECAP advisory group are:
- Alan Wheeler: General delegate within the textiles division of the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR), UK. BIR supports the recycling industry internationally and serves as a platform to establish business relations and promote recycling among other industrial sectors and policy makers.
- Baptiste Carriere-Pradal: Vice president of the Europe Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC); an industry-wide group of over 200 brands, retailers, suppliers, service providers, trade associations, NGOs, and academic institutions working to reduce the environmental and social impacts of products around the world through the groundbreaking Higg Index.
- Jef Wintermans: Coordinator agreement on sustainable garments and textile at the Sociaal-Economische Raad (SER), The Hague, Netherlands. A multi- stakeholder agreement in which 75 organisations, including government and companies, are working together to address social, ethical and environmental issues, including animal welfare, in the production of clothing and textiles destined for consumers.
- Juergen Janssen: Programme manager of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) (Partnership for Sustainable Textiles), Germany. A multi-stakeholder initiative with more than 180 members working to improve the social, ecological and economic conditions along the entire textile value chain.
- Laila Petrie: Manager, global partnerships for WWF International. WWF is working to build a future where people and nature thrive, and works to reduce the ecological footprint of doing business, and to help the private sector be better stewards of shared natural assets. Petrie co-ordinates the WWF network strategy for engagement with the textiles sector.
- Mauro Scalia: Head of sustainable businesses, Euratex, Brussels. The European Apparel and Textile Confederation represents the interests of the European textile and clothing manufacturing industry at international level and particularly towards the EU institutions. Scalia is responsible for all sustainability matters in coordination with the national and European member associations.
- Professor Rebecca Earley: Research Centre director and lead academic at University of the Arts London, industry consultant and MD of B.Earley, London. She is also a member of the research consortium for Mistra Future Fashion, and the EU Horizon 2020 project, Trash-2-Cash, in Sweden.
- Sigrid Barnekow: Programme director of Mistra Future Fashion, Stockholm, Sweden. A cross-disciplinary research programme on sustainable fashion, where new knowledge and innovations aim to drive systemic change. The research covers design, supply chain, user and recycling, in a consortium with 50 research and industry partners. Funded Mistra and hosted by RISE, Sweden.
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