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Innovative design practices for achieving new textile circular sector - Design4Circle

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General Information
Programme: 
ERASMUS+
Project duration: 
Saturday, 1 December, 2018 to Monday, 30 November, 2020
Total budget: 
€299.105
EU Contribution: 
€299.105
Partnership Composition: 
Organisation nameFunctionCountryWebsite linkECCP linkIs Cluster Organisation ?
RIGA TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY
Coordinator
Latvia
No
TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF IASI - TUIASI
Partner
Romania
No
ECORES SPRL - ECORES
Partner
Belgium
No
AGRUPACION EMPRESARIAL INNOVADORA DEFABRICANTES DE MUEBLES AFINES DE LA REGION DEMURCIA - AMUEBLA
Partner
Spain
Yes
CENTRO TECNOLOGICO DE CALCADO DE PORTUGAL
Partner
Portugal
No
TEXTILE TRADE ASSOCIATION - TEXTILE CLUSTER
Partner
North Macedonia
Yes

Innovative design practices for achieving a new textile circular sector - Design4Circle under the Erasmus + Program in the Strategic Partnership in the field of vocational education and training, Call 2018 - Cooperation for innovation and exchange of Good Practices - Strategic Partnerships for Vocational Education and Training. The project is funded by the European Commission, with the duration from 01.12.2018 until 30.11.2020. The objective of Design4Circle is to create an innovative learning curriculum in line with the needs of designers of the textile and fashion industry towards a circular business model, being the main target group current and future fashion designers of the textile industry. Design4Circle will allow designers from the textile sector to reduce environmental impact during the product’s life-cycle, and to develop new and innovative businesses within the principles of circular economy. To reach the main objective, different activities will be carried out: 1. Analysis of current best practices and needs for ecodesign and implement circular business model in the textile sector 2. Joint Curriculum definition 3. Development of the training materials with different tools (texts, videos, photos, etc.) 4. Creation of an online MOOC platform to upload the training course and test validation In order to achieve such purposes, a Strategic Partnership has put 6 entities together from 6 different countries and expertise in the different fields of the proposed project: two Universities experts in textile design and technologies (RTU and TUIASI); one company expert in circular economy as new business model (ECORES); and three business associations and VET providers that cover different sectors of the textile industry and experts in ecodesign (TTA-TC, AMUEBLA and CTCP). The consortium will be completed with several associated partners (business associations, universities, VET authorities, etc.) that will be involved in different tasks and will ensure wide dissemination of the project results.

The Design4Circle project will achieve the following results and benefits: - The outputs obtained will strengthen the knowledge and training of textile designers and SMEs, equipping them with the necessary competences and skills to implement new practices on ecodesign. - Promotion of new circular businesses and the creation of new textile design companies looking towards a new circular economy. - Development of specific, basic and transversal competences and skills such as management, entrepreneurship, leadership, digital and creativity skills, and language competence in the field of VET. - Foster the implementation of the EU Action Plan for the Circular Economy, both in a highly polluted sector as the textile one, and other industry sectors where design is a key process.