As good as new: Enhancing the behavioral and business change of the second-hand textile industry in the Central Baltic region.

BALTIC2HAND project improves textile reuse and reduces textile waste in the second-hand market from 1.4.2023 until 30.3.2026. In the Baltic Second-Hand project, organizations in the fashion and textile industry in Estonia, Finland, Latvia, and Sweden develop their business models towards sustainability and circular economy. Using a service design process, the project maps and designs new opportunities in re-using textiles and in reducing textile waste. The project tests and pilots potential solutions and promotes consumer use of secondhand textiles.

This project is organized by Laurea University of Applied Sciences, Turku University of Applied Sciences, Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Tallinn Business Incubators Foundation, and Sustainability InnoCenter.

Expected results

The main groups that benefit from the project are fashion and textile organizations and second-hand companies that want to improve or add second-hand operations to their business models and consumers.  The co-creative service design process together with the target organizations and consumers will:

  • improve textile reuse
  • reduce textile waste
  • provide background research on the second-hand market in the Baltic region, highlighting challenges and opportunities
  • generate new ideas towards more sustainable secondhand market
  • develop improved or new second-hand-related business models and concepts

Based on these findings the project will also develop educational materials for an open access digital platform.

Duration 01.04.2023 - 31.03.2026

Total budget

Programme priority

Improved environment and resource use

Programme objective

PO3 - Joint circular economy solutions

Lead partner

Laurea University of Applied Sciences

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