June 4th 2024



The European Vetrine project, of which ATP is a partner, has just released its study (the Portuguese version of which can be accessed in full here), which included Portugal as one of the target countries and will serve as the basis for the creation of training programs aimed at reducing the environmental impact of textile and clothing production.

This study is divided into four chapters: a summary of the focus group report, which comprised 27 sessions and four target countries – Bulgaria, Greece, Spain and Portugal; a report on the raw materials used in clothing manufacture and their negative environmental footprint; an analysis of VET educational protocols; and an analysis of national T&C markets and prospects for applying sustainability concepts.

Ana Paula Dinis describes it as a ‘clear and up-to-date picture of our industry’s sustainability practices’, which will ultimately enable the creation of ‘a personalized capacity-building program, aligned with the sector’s needs and geared towards greener practices’.

ATP´s general director also emphasizes the cooperative nature of the project, which will last three years and involves 12 organizations from eight different countries. ‘Together we are building a more sustainable future for the textile and clothing industry in Europe,’ she said.

Besides ATP, Vetrine also has partnerships with Kauno Technologijos Universitetas (Technological University of Lithuania), AEG – Escuela de Innovación Profesional (School of Higher and Professional Education in Spain), EUROtraining (Vocational Training Institute in Greece), Nevrokopska Profesionalna Gimnaziya Dimitar Talev (Vocational High School in Bulgaria), Chimar (a water company specialising in the development of chemical technology and R&D services for the industrial production of adhesives and chemical products), Pirin-Tex (a garment producer in Bulgaria, a subsidiary of the German Rollmann & Partner Fashion Management GmbH), Cedecs-TCBL (a company specializing in consultancy, training and services in innovation, sustainability and the circular economy for STV), Novel Group (an IT consultancy specializing in the design, development and management of tailor-made digital solutions), Texfor – Confederación de la Industria Textil (Spanish Textile Association), Centexbel (Belgian Textile Technology Centre) and CITEVE. The aim of the project is to provide professional training in sustainability and entrepreneurship for future fashion designers and its first face-to-face technical meeting took place in Portugal, at CITEVE’s premises, on 2 May.