Abstract for:Introduction to generic optimization of policy strategies for textiles- A case study of the Swedish National Waste Plan 2018 (working paper)

Textile products are an integrated part of the consumer lifestyle. Textile production requires intensive amount of resource flows, which has extensive environmental impacts associated with it. Therefore reuse/recycling strategies aiming to reduce textile waste can dramatically decrease the footprint from textile production and use. The aim of this study is to develop an in-depth understanding of the textile flows in a confined consumer clothes system. The study focuses on Sweden at national level and analyses potential reuse and recycling strategies in a short and long term perspective. More specifically, the study focuses on national textile flows and analyzes which instruments / measures could show the highest possibility of reducing textile flows to Sweden. The instruments / measures we intend to consider in the study includes: 1) Legal, 2) Economic, 3) Information, 4) Infrastructure, and combination thereof. Functional units for textiles are determined with data from literature and SCB (Statistic Sweden).  STELLA software is used for modelling and simulation of alternative scenarios.