Eco-design & innovation for Textiles & Apparel, Wood and Furniture.
The region in question (Hauts-de-France, Flanders and Wallonia) forms a basin of companies in the textile, wood and furniture sectors, which are all facing the same challenges of managing environmental impacts and economic development. The textile, wood and furniture sectors, like the distribution sector, face strong competition from low-wage countries, which often have less stringent environmental regulations than in Europe. This environmental issue affects small and medium-sized enterprises in particular, which do not always have the financial resources nor the people to comprehensively tackle it.
- Tapping into new markets which are sensitive to environmentally friendly products.
- Raising awareness and convincing the general public to buy products that respect the environment.
- Linking design to sustainable development ("produce beautiful and clean").
- Developing new business models by focusing on combinations of products and services.
- Reducing production costs (raw materials, energy, by-products, use of recycled/recyclable/biodegradable materials, etc.).
- Raising awareness among companies and the general public regarding ecologically designed solutions and a functionality economy.
- Developing demonstration models with science-based and proven environmental claims to win over the general public and consumers. And by promoting these (trade fairs, exhibitions, conferences, scientific articles, etc.).
- Compiling knowledge on the themes of the project and its dissemination in the Euroregion for the benefit of the target audience.
- Following up markets, environmental and technical developments and regulations.
- Organising seminars.
- Putting together working groups to guide companies in developing demonstration models of products/services to validate eco-innovative concepts.
The main objective of the Ecy-Twin project is to involve companies in the cross-border region in textile clothing, wood and furniture, in transforming their business models toward sustainable growth. We will guide them in devising their global eco-innovation strategies. The approach is based on various pillars, such as the ecological design of products - with attention to use and processes - and the development of a new service offering that is part of the functionality economy. These strategies will be validated in the market by producing demonstration models, in the form of prototypes of products or services.
Textiles & clothing, wood and furniture
Do you want..
- to develop an ecologically responsible product?
- to work together with other actors in the value chain?
- to improve your product's features and offer additional services?
- to anticipate environmental regulations and market developments?
- to inform and communicate the ecological qualities of your products or services?