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ZWS to support innovation in textiles

Zero Waste Scotland (ZWS) has launched a fund to improve resource efficiency in the textile industry after identifying a lack of circular practices north of the border.

Professionals with a minimum of two years’ experience across performance, technical textiles and clothing, fashion and couture can apply for a slice of the Circular Economy Textile and Apparel Fund.

ZWS said the fund will support the development of new design and construction techniques, alternative fibres and materials, and innovative design assembly. It also aims at encouraging new resource efficient practices such as designing-out waste and business models including leasing or hiring out of products and services.

The organisation will fund five or six projects which will be awarded up to £5,000 each.

Iain Gulland Zero Waste Scotland

Iain Gulland, chief executive of ZWS, left, said recent research had shown that Scotland was lacking “truly circular textile products or services”.

“But the characteristics of our country’s textile industry – heritage, provenance, durability, globally recognised quality manufacturing and production – make it well-placed to develop new ideas,” he added.

“This is therefore a great opportunity for designers to play a leading role in identifying new innovative products and services for Scotland which could demonstrate how the sector can become truly circular in the future.”

The fund will operate on a competitive basis, with applications closing on 30 January. Successful applicants will need to complete a project plan and return a signed contract by 13 March.

ZWS will hold a Q&A session on Twitter on 15 January from 2pm.

More information is available here.

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