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Lille – Innovative hubs for circular fashion

The city of Lille is implementing many projects to ensure the beginning of a new model to do fashion sustainably.  

The Métropole Européenne de Lille (MEL) has developed a number of action plans and policies to support its transition towards a circular economy. These include a Circular Economy Strategy, a Blueprint on Household Waste, a Local Household Waste Prevention Programme, and a Climate and Energy Action Plan. Many departments of the council contribute to these, in particular the Economic Development Department and the Department for the SECAP. Within the Circular Economy Strategy, targets are broken down by waste stream and includes a 15% reduction of household waste and 50% reduction of bio-waste by 2050. 


Under the textile sector, Lille is at the forefront in investing in circular fashion. The metropole is supporting research and innovation on topics such as traceability and recyclability in the textile stream with the CETI innovation hub and cluster. It is now preparing the launch of the European circular fashion trophies (France-Belgium-The Netherlands), aimed at giving visibility and rewarding organisations who act to limit the impacts of the textile industry. 

Other CETI projects involve the recycling of Covid-19 personal masks, the transition towards a circular fashion industry (funded by the Horizon Europe 2020 programme and aimed at implementing a complete textile-to-textile recycling system for discarded garments, focusing on recycling natural and synthetic fibres), the development and delivery of demonstrators using innovative bio-sourced composite materials with the following and the implementation of industrial installations able to collect, differentiate and recycle used textiles. 



Lille is a member of the Intelligent Cities Challenge (ICC) and ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability. As a member of the ICC, Lille benefits from the European Commission's initiative, which supports cities across Europe in their transition towards greener and more digital local economies through Local Green Deals. Additionally, as a member of ICLEI, Lille actively contributes to a global network of over 2500 local and regional governments that are dedicated to driving sustainable urban development.