Dutch Circular Textile Valley (DCTV) is an icon project in the Consumer Goods Transition Agenda; one of the five agendas within the Government-wide Netherlands Circular program in 2050. In the DCTV there have been four regions identified in the Netherlands, with both a history and a perspective on future textiles and clothing.
The Dutch Circular Textile Valley hubs are active with their own focus.February 2020, the already existing collaboration between WUR and ArtEZ was formalized, in collaboration with Kiemt and supported by Province Gelderland, during the official launch of the DCTV Hub GIST – Gelderse Innovators Sustainable Textiles.
GIST is a hub for research and innovation projects initiated by regional stakeholders in the textile chain. The movement towards a circular economy requires the radical rethinking of existing systems for fashion and textiles (“new regime”). It is less about optimizing the current system (“old regime”). That is why GIST opts for a radical and experimental approach aimed at creating a “new textile regime” through research and the development of (disruptive) innovations.
GIST’s mission is to make the desired and necessary connections between important regional stakeholders in the chain (designers, scientists, entrepreneurs, governments) based on concrete research and innovation projects. The purpose of those connections is threefold:
- Developing knowledge for all partners (research from design perspective, knowledge development);
- Sharing, making accessible and applicable of knowledge, test and lab facilities for all partners (knowledge sharing, valorisation);
- Dissemination of knowledge and concrete results to a wide audience (social awareness and involvement).