In November, some of the partners in the Transitions project were in Borås, Sweden. This was the mid-term meeting of the project, coinciding with the Borås Textile Days.
In Borås, the partners had the chance to know more about sustainable communication, circular business models, and new regulations for the textile industry, on the path towards a circular economy. During the visit the project partners also held meetings for Transitions, to follow up on the progress of the project.
On the second day of the visit, the group had time to visit a couple of Swedish companies, working with circularity and sustainability models: Gina Tricot for women’s clothes and Eton Shirts, specialised in men’s shirts. In the afternoon, some of the participants took part in the Loopholes workshop. There they could identify and comprehend their own critical business model holes – in the transition towards circularity through digitalisation.
The Loopholes design tool supports participants to work together and create complete customer journeys and data flows. These may suggest future production systems, considering both sustainability and innovative technologies. The tool enables participants to reflect on the current processes in their companies. And to scale them to a product-service system (PSS). By showing that current challenges can be solved through different strategies, each group can create different local solutions. Solutions for how their companies can transition towards circularity, through digitalisation.
We asked a couple of the participants what they would bring home from the Transitions meeting in Borås.
Sweta Iyer, researcher at the department of Textile Technology at University of Borås. She tells us how the meeting supports her work
Jimmi Gyllenbris from the company Itfitsu (producer of a mobile phone app, that’s provides a virtual fitting room for buying and selling vintage clothes). He really liked the workshop with Loopholes.
About the Transitions project
Transitions is a strategic alliance for innovation. The idea is to nurture the textile and fashion industry’s transition into a 4.0 system and a circular economy. The project does this by developing new learning methods, tools, and practices – to help students, young designers, and professionals to face real challenges.
ACTE is not a direct participant in Transitions, but ACTE’s members are. For example, Modacc, the City of Borås, the Nordic Textile Academy, etc. The ACTE network acts as the putty and simplifies the meeting between these organisations, to jointly shape projects or invite each other to various ventures. Within the goals that ACTE has decided on, members should participate in projects that are EU-funded and are in line with circular values.