The European Social Innovation Competition, launched in memory of Diogo Vasconcelos, is a Competition run by the European Commission across all European countries, now in its eighth year. The 2020 Competition is titled Reimagine Fashion – changing behaviours for sustainable fashion. We are looking for ideas that seek to improve the environmental and social impact of the European fashion market through the development of new products, services and processes, and innovative business models.
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
Entry criteria: who can enter?
- The Competition is open to any legal entity (including natural persons) or group of legal entities, except public administrations, established in EU Member States or Associated countries to Horizon 2020
- Ideas and proposals from all sources, sectors and all types of organisations including for-profit, not-for-profit, or private companies are welcome. Applications involving several organisations and/or from various countries are possible.
- Eligibility criteria must be complied with for the entire duration of the Competition. If the United Kingdom withdraws from the EU during the competition period without concluding an agreement with the EU ensuring in particular that British applicants continue to be eligible, British applications will be rejected.
- Participants that have already received an EU or Euratom prize cannot receive a second prize for the same activities.
- Participants will be excluded if they (or one of them) are:
- subject to an administrative sanction (i.e. exclusion)
- bankrupt, being wound up, having their affairs administered by the courts, entered into an arrangement with creditors, suspended business activities or subject to any other similar proceedings or procedures under national law
- declared in breach of social security or tax obligations by a final judgment or decision
- found guilty of grave professional misconduct by a final judgment or decision
- convicted of fraud, corruption, involvement in a criminal organisation, money laundering, terrorism-related crimes (including terrorism financing), child labour or human trafficking
- shown significant deficiencies in complying with main obligations under a procurement contract, grant agreement or grant decision financed by the EU or Euratom budget
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