Every year, we buy clothes, wear them and throw them away. This lineair chain of production and use, with a clear beginning and end, puts a pressure on the environment. Can we change it for the better, and move towards a circular economy? Reflow is a research project (2019 - 2022) funded by the European Commission in which 27 consortium partners in six cities are researching how former 'waste' streams can be reused as possible new material sources. The goal is to move towards a more sustainable circular economy.
Six cities, six residual flows
Reflow runs in six cities across Europe: Amsterdam, Paris, Berlin, Milan, Vejle and Cluj-Napoca. Each city focuses on a different resource stream: textiles, wood and packaging, housing, food, plastics and electricity. The Amsterdam Reflow pilot researches circular textile streams.
Through the city pilots, data on resource streams are mapped and visualized, governance models and processes are developed, technology that supports sustainable and scalable implementation of such processes is developed. Across the majority of these tasks, citizen engagement is part of the research approach.
The role of Waag in this project
Waag is pilot coordinator for all six city pilots, and lead of the Amsterdam textile pilot. The Amsterdam pilot partners are: Pakhuis de Zwijger, Metabolic, Municipality of Amsterdam, BMA~Techne and Waag.
What can you do yourself?
- Upcylce your own clothes! Rewatch A hole new story! Reflow workshop #1: jumpers and socks from Waag on Vimeo. In this tutorial, designer Beatriz Sandini learns you how to repair, mend and upcycle old textiles and garments.
- Watch the Reflow Talks in Pakhuis de Zwijger (NL/EN). In six episodes you'll catch up on (1) the road towards sustainable textiles, (2) The technique of spinning yarn from old clothes , (3) a new policy for circular textiles, (4) fashion education in Amsterdam, (5) Green Deal circular textiles and last but not least (6) A new life for old clothes.
- Listen to the Reflow Podcasts (in Dutch):
with James Veenhoff over de Denim Deal
with Cristiana Parisi about cities and circular design
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 820937.