Last Monday, 5th February, the conference “Opportunities in the textile sector for people and the planet” was held at Casa San Cristóbal (Madrid). The event, which was inaugurated by Orlando Chacón, councillor president of the Villaverde District, was attended by experts in the textile sector, training and entrepreneurship, who addressed the situation of the textile sector and the opportunities offered by the sector.

The day was organised around the celebration of 2 round tables. The first one, ‘Designing the future, sustainability in the textile sector’, was attended by Alberto Egido, head of environment and circularity at Moda re-, Lara Peralta, senior sustainability consultant at FNO Project, and Nuria Cavia, co-founder of Deleite Wear, a company that has been accelerated by CirCoAX by CircularInnobooster.

The second round table, ‘The textile sector: an opportunity for training and entrepreneurship’, had as speakers Christina Skoubridou, European innovation director at Envolve Entrepreneurship, Zaloa Basaldua, co-founder of Central de Reparaciones Textiles, Cristina Salvador, vice-president of AMEI – Asociación Madrileña de Empresas de Inserción and director of Recumadrid Servicios Ambientales, and Nuria Rodríguez Sánchez, founder of ECOVISC Confección Sostenible.

The day ended with a workshop among the participants to define the challenges faced by women in the textile sector and possible solutions.

Launch of Textill4All

The event was held in the framework of the launch of the new European project Textil4All, a project funded by the European Commission through the Erasmus+ programme with a budget of 60,000 euros and a duration of 19 months. Led by the Spanish entity Educación, Cultura y Solidaridad,  with the participation of the Finnova Foundation and the Greek entity Envolve, the project will offer training and job opportunities in the textile sector to women in Madrid and Thessaloniki with more difficulties to access a job. In addition, it will promote a more sustainable textile industry committed to current environmental challenges, tackling issues such as “fast fashion” and its negative consequences.