The European Commission has announced 30 semi-finalists for its European Social Innovation Competition (EUSIC) themed Reimagine Fashion - changing behaviors for sustainable fashion.
The EUSIC is a challenge prize available to all EU member states and funding program Horizon 2020 associated countries. The competition takes place each year around a different issue. The focus of the EUSIC challenge this year is sustainable fashion.
"The 2020 competition, Reimagine Fashion, is calling for ideas and ventures that aim to improve the environmental and social impact of the European fashion market through the development of new products, services and processes, and innovative business models. The innovations should aim to reduce the overall environmental footprint and improve the societal impact of the fashion market, help make it more accessible and fairer, and aspire to change behaviors in a sustainable way."
- European Commission
The European Commission is looking for innovative solutions that address issues around many areas such as:
- closed-loop fashion and textiles systems with net zero waste and climate neutral fashion and textiles production
- reduction of the use and consumption of fashion and textiles through innovative business models
- environmentally and socially respectful ways of recycling and reusing textile wastes
Three final winners out of the 30 semi-finalists will be announced in September 2020. They will receive a prize of EUR 50,000 each at the award ceremony in November 2020.
Sustainable fashion is important for all of us. Our future on this planet depends on how we treat the environment and ecosystems. And the fashion industry is a large contributor to climate change.
The overproduction and overconsumption of cheaply made clothing from fast fashion high-street stores are putting the future of the Earth at risk. They are responsible for enormous exploitation, deforestation, pollution, waste, water, soil, and air pollution.
We must develop new technologies and innovations in business models, manufacturing, materials, supply chain, commerce, and waste management to create a more circular and regenerative textile economy that delivers greater economic, societal and environmental value.
Read up my article on when did sustainable fashion start to understand the impact of the textile and apparel industry as well as its importance for the planet, the people, and animals living on it.
The EUSIC and its 2020 theme Reimagine Fashion is an excellent opportunity to pursue sustainability and support solutions to these issues. It's crucial to make sustainable and fair fashion more broadly accessible.
The 30 selected semi-finalists out of 766 application from 39 countries are:
- BYBROWN’s Transposable Circular Raincoat
- Cultural Sustainability in Fashion
- Fluid Fashion Realities
- Love your Denim
- MeuTeu Co-design Lab
- Novel Dyes for Water-free Dyeing of Biofibers
- Post Carbon Fashion
- Pulp Fashion
- Reinventing Copenhagen Fashion Week
- ROND: CO2 reduced soles from discarded fabric
- SENSTILE: The future is tactile
- Shuffle Swaps
- Style Your Stay
- Swap Shop
- Vintage for a Cause
- Vividye: Reversible colouring for textiles
- WasteLess Fashion
Find more information on this year's theme of the competition on the EUSIC website.
About the Author: Alex Assoune
Alex Assoune (MS) is a global health and environmental advocate. He founded Panaprium to inspire others with conscious living, ethical, and sustainable fashion. Alex has worked in many countries to address social and environmental issues. He speaks four languages and holds two Master of Science degrees in Engineering from SIGMA and IFPEN schools.