European Social Innovation Competition

The European Social Innovation Competition is a competition run by the European Commission across all EU countries, now in its eighth year.
Under the theme Reimagine Fashion: Changing behaviours for sustainable fashion, this year’s competition is looking for early stage projects that will change the ways we produce, buy, use and recycle fashion and encourage a more sustainable change in consumer behaviour. The competitionis open to entrants from across the EU Member States and Horizon 2020 associated countries until  the application  deadline on  Wednesday 4  March. A  jury  will  select  three  winning ideas in November, each of which will receive an award of €50,000.

The aim of the 2020 European Social Innovation Competition is to improve the environmental and social impactof fashion. To address these issues, the competition is looking for ideas that contribute to improving the sustainable production, use and consumption of fashion as well as the end of  life  stage  of  fashion  products. These ideas should aim to reduce the overall environmental footprint of  fashion, improve its societal impact, and help change behaviours in a sustainable way by helping to develop new products, services, processes and  innovative business models. Solutions presented should also be scalable at the local, national or EU levels.

The competition is open to all with innovative and creative ideas on making the fashion industry more sustainable, including social  innovators, entrepreneurs, students, designers, businesses and other doers, makers and change creators.

The competition will complement several measures the Commission has already implemented to address the problem of sustainability in fashion. The circular economy package, adopted in 2018, will for the first time, require Member States to ensure that textiles are collected separately. The new Waste Directive requires Member States to set up such schemes at the latest by 2025. The Packaging Waste Directive introduces targets for the recycling 60% of all packaging by 2025 and 70% by 2030. The currently binding Textile Regulation of 2011 lays down rules for labelling and marking of all textile products, including an obligation to state the full fibre composition of textile products at all stages of industrial processing and commercial distribution, and rules on textilefibre names.

Deadline for application: 4th March, 2020 – 12.00 (Midday CET)

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