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2020 European Social Innovation Competition
author/source: Holly Jade O'Leary
The European Commission has launched the 2020 edition of the European Social Innovation Competition, with €150,000 (£128,000) available for three innovations in sustainable fashion.
Alinea are encouraging our clients at Prangsta Costumiers - a sustainable luxury costume rental platform founded in 1998, who reimagine and repurpose fabrics to create exceptional couture as pictured here worn by Liz Matthews and Alexa Chung at Daisy Lowe's 21st birthday party, to apply for the competition.
Entrance is open to contestants from across the European Union member states including the United Kingdom, and associated countries under the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.
Under the theme Reimagine Fashion: Changing behaviours for sustainable fashion, this year’s competition is looking for early-stage projects that will change the ways people produce, buy, use and recycle fashion, and encourage a more sustainable change in consumer behaviour.
The competition fits into the wider context of EU policy to support a more sustainable European industry and facilitate the transition towards a low-carbon and circular economy, as set out in the European Green Deal. The COP24 The Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action outlined a pact between 40 major fashion corporations to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2050. The European Cultural and Creative Industries Alliance cites sustainability to be a key enabler of the European high end and luxury industries, and the protection of natural resources as a strategic advantage to increase value generation for customers and reduce operating costs and risks.