For the MVO Nederland masterclass exploring what Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) means for the textile sector, Joan den Exter spoke about her experience as part of The Linen Project and the challenges faced in establishing a collective linen value chain in the Netherlands. Specifically: how can sector stakeholders and participants generate solutions together? 

One of the goals of the EPR policy is to increase the proportion of recycled or renewable materials in textile products to 25% by 2025. With this in mind, the masterclass programme addressed how material coalitions throughout the entire chain can generate a return flow to meet recycling targets, as well as the potential of so called ‘forgotten fibres’, such as sustainably produced linen.

MVO Nederland supports and collaborates with Dutch companies and business groups and their international trading partners to produce innovations for the New Economy. This masterclass took place on December 1 2022.