Sustainability in the Textiles industry is seen as a subject of the major producers, with many brands divulging their concern about protecting people and environment and adopting an environmental friendly communication approach. The market for "green textiles" is in an expanding development, reflecting the big change in the consumer behaviour, worldwide, representing a huge opportunity of growth for the Textiles sector in Europe.

EU Textile industries urgently need a flexible workforce that can respond to the development and the globalized market and the need for sustainable design and manufacturing in order to respond to the global demand for sustainable creative products.

In this frame the main objective of the project ECO-TEX is to design, develop and piloting a new job qualification profile and correspondent training curricula on the subject of "How to implement circular economy techniques in Textiles Industry" in order to improve competitiveness in Textiles, based on the development of skills and competences of the workforce.

ECO - TEX Key Facts

  • Project Full Title: Circular Economy Innovative Skills in the Textile Sector
  • Project Acronym: ECO TEX
  • Project Duration: 30 months
  • Funding Scheme: ERASMUS+
  • Participating Countries: Spain, Greece, Romania, Latvia, Portugal


The overall objective of ECO TEX project is the design and implementation of an innovative and comprehensive training toolkit. The platform will focus on online training and will facilitate dissemination of knowledge and sharing of experience. Moreover, it will serve as a medium for all stakeholders in the field to share concerns and advice, as well as promote employment opportunities.

Sub objectives to be achieved:

  • Improvement and extension of high quality learning opportunities tailored to the needs of textiles and clothing industry
  • Provide SME’s with a high-quality ICT Tool
  • Establishment of close cooperation between formal education providers and businesses in order to increase the market relevance of the proposed training toolkit
  • Define a professional profile for “sustainability expert”


  • Develop a deep knowledge on occupation and training needs to implement sustainable manufacturing in Textiles Sector and possible already existing learning opportunities.
  • Engagement of textiles and clothing industry staff in lifelong learning
  • Establishment of a digital training platform
  • Improvement and extension of high quality learning opportunities tailored to the needs of textiles and clothing industry
  • Contribution to the modernisation and professionalism of especially SME’s, through the use of a high-quality ICT Tool
  • Definition of a professional profile for the sustainability expert (focused on SME’s)
  • Raising awareness for the need of a sustainable manufacturing strategy;