Zero Waste Scotland is offering funding to Scottish textile and apparel designers to help them reduce textile waste by adopting new innovative methods for a more circular economy – one where materials are kept in a high value state for as long as possible.
The Circular Economy Textile and Apparel Fund is the first of its kind in Scotland, and is available to support the prototyping of new textile design and construction techniques, exploring alternative fibres and materials, design assembly and resource efficient practices such as designing out waste, as well as the exploration of new business models like leasing or hiring out of products and services.
The funding is open to textile and apparel designers with a minimum of two years professional experience across performance, technical textiles and clothing, fashion and couture.
Iain Gulland, chief executive of Zero Waste Scotland – “We know from recent research that there are currently no truly circular textile products or services in Scotland…”
Iain Gulland, Chief Executive of Zero Waste Scotland said: “We know from recent research that there are currently no truly circular textile products or services in Scotland, but that the characteristics of our country’s textile industry – heritage, provenance, durability, globally recognised quality manufacturing and production make it well placed to develop new ideas.
“This is a therefore a great opportunity for designers to play a leading role in identifying new innovative products and services for Scotland which could demonstrate how the sector can become truly circular in the future.
“The Scottish textiles industry has a great heritage and this fund will encourage ideas to ensure the sector grows sustainably,”
Applications must be submitted by 31 January.
A live Twitter Q&A will be held on Thursday 15 January from 2pm where potential applicants can have their questions or queries answered prior to applying to the fund by tweeting @ZeroWasteScot