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Launched in memory of social innovation pioneer Diogo Vasconcelos, the European Social Innovation Competition is a challenge prize run by the European Commission (EC) across all EU Member States and Horizon 2020 Associated Countries. Now in its 8th year, the Competition acts as a beacon for social innovators in Europe, employing a proven methodology for supporting early-stage ideas and facilitating a network of radical innovators shaping society for the better. Each year the Competition is based around a different issue facing Europe.

This year, the focus is: Reimagine Fashion

The EC is looking for ideas from one or more of the fields listed below and encourages solutions that address several of these areas through a systems perspective:
Solutions for sustainable use and consumption
  • Change consumption patterns and behaviours regarding the linear use of ‘fast’ fashion
  • Extend the life cycle of fashion products
  • Reduce the use and consumption of fashion and textiles through innovative business models in favour of reuse, upcycling and sharing
  • Make sustainable and fair fashion more broadly accessible
  • Stimulate socially inclusive processes throughout the fashion value chain
Solutions for sustainable production
  • Net zero waste and climate neutral fashion and textiles production
  • Closed loop fashion and textiles systems
  • Sourcing of alternative, sustainable feedstock
  • Innovative techniques that build on traditional or local crafts for socially sustainable products
  • Innovations that reduce the environmental footprint of the fashion market
Solutions for improving the end of life stage
  • Environmentally and socially respectful ways of recycling textiles, while maintaining their value
  • Reuse of textile by-products before they become waste

Find out more about the project and the prizes at https://eusic.challenges.org/ 

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