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Parliamentary questions
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10 March 2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Ville Niinistö
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Emissions from the textile industry

Like many other people, I am concerned about emissions from the textile industry, because they cause as much damage to the climate as shipping and aviation combined but do not come in for as much public debate. The EU’s role in this is significant, as Member States’ businesses produce much of the world’s fast fashion, and it is also our consumers who wear much of what is produced. Western culture is currently based on consumption and encourages people to acquire the latest fashion. In countries with low production costs, working conditions and measures to protect the environment are not of the same standard as in the EU. There are also major differences in the ways in which raw materials are cultivated. The new strategy for the circular economy particularly takes textiles into account. I would therefore like to ask: 

1. What concrete measures is the Commission considering as part of its future strategy for textiles?

2. In what ways does the Commission think that businesses could be encouraged to prolong the life cycle of textile products?

Original language of question: FI
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