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Prevention of Textile Waste. Material flows of textiles in three Nordic countries and suggestions on policy instruments

  • Naoko Tojo
  • Beatrice Kogg
  • Nikola Kiørboe
  • Birgitte Kjær
  • Kristiina Aalto
Publishing year: 2012
Language: English
Publication/Series: TemaNord
Volume: 2012:545
Document type: Report
Publisher: Nordic Council of Ministers

Abstract english

Textile exerts various environmental impacts throughout its life cycle. Prevention of textile waste is one means to reduce these impacts. This study seeks to map-out the flow of textile products in the three Nordic Countries – Denmark, Finland and Sweden – from the time they are put on the market until they are discarded. Based on the findings on the flows as well as on the perception of stakeholders, the study reviews and discusses government interventions that may be useful for the enhancement of textile waste prevention. Potential use of various policy instruments based on the concept of extended producer responsibility (EPR) is analysed. The study indicates a handful of areas where further research is needed in order to fine-tune policy actions that would best address the situation specific to the case countries.


  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
  • textiles
  • waste prevention
  • policy
  • extended producer responsibility
  • EPR
  • environment
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • Sweden


  • ISBN: 978-92-893-2385-7
Naoko Tojo
E-mail: naoko [dot] tojo [at] iiiee [dot] lu [dot] se

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