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Oslo, Norway 27.9.2023

Closing the loop for end-of-life textiles – market event in Norway

Register by 4th August. 


Further Information

Kaisa Nikkanen
Senior Advisor in Norway
kaisa.nikkanen (at)
+47 97198361

Business Finland is inviting Finnish companies with sustainable textile solutions to attend an event in Oslo in September. The event offers an opportunity to gain visibility for Finnish textile industry innovations to inspire and present concrete solutions to the sustainability challenges, as well as to create high-value contacts with key players in the Norwegian textile industry.

The event is a Team Finland event organized by the Embassy of Finland and Business Finland together with Norway’s leading textile industry cluster Norwegian Fashion & Textile Agenda (NF&TA). The event takes place during the annual Oslo Innovation Week and is included in its program. Warmly welcome!

The event is aimed for Finnish companies offering sustainable textile solutions and wanting to pursue Norway as a strategic market or partner.

Norway is set to reduce climate gas emissions in the textile industry as it has been selected by the Norwegian Government as one of seven main value chains to focus on to increase sustainability. Norway has a limited textile industry within its borders, but its inhabitants consume textiles in great amounts, approx. 15 kg per person annually. Norwegian end-of-life textiles are mainly sent out of the country for sorting, resell and recycling. Norway is to comply with the EU directives related to separate collection and recycling of end-of-life textiles from 2025 onwards.

Increased attention is paid to how to incorporate sustainability into the design process, how to organize cost-effective collection of end-of-life textiles, how to handle the textile materials after collection and how to give recycled fibers a new life. The Norwegian textile industry wishes to connect with Finnish companies to share knowledge and competence and build relations with players in the industry to ensure an increasing level of sustainability in the textile industry. We call for the Finnish companies to take this opportunity to form collaboration between the Finnish and Norwegian textile industry to meet the common sustainability goals.

The Norwegian participants attending the event are expected to represent the fields of textile collection and recycling, manufacturers of work wear, profile clothing and protective clothing, laundry operators, fabric producers, yarn spinners and representatives of municipalities, cities and public organizations.

Preliminary agenda

11:30 Snacks/coffee and registration
12:00 Welcome and introduction to program

  • Ambassador Teemu Tanner from Embassy of Finland, Oslo

12:15 WOOL

  • Presentation by a Norwegian company - Rauma Ullvarefabrikk
  • Presentation by a Finnish company (TBC)
  • Recycling of wool in Norway – ESP Oslo
  • Design for circularity – Ethica

13:00 Break with coffee and Finnish specialties

  • Presentation of a textile collection, sorting and recycling development project and its findings – Mepex
  • How recycling of textiles has been solved in Finland – Lounais-Suomen Jätehuolto
  • Recycling of textile materials – Norsk tekstilgjenvinning
  • Case example of cooperation within recycling – Rester

14:15 Break with coffee and networking
14:30 Presentations/Pitches of Finnish and Norwegian companies
15:30 Reflections and closing remarks
16:00 Transportation to the Embassy Residence
16:30 Reception at the Embassy Residence
18:00 End of event


There is no participation fee. Kindly notice that participation is limited to 8 companies on a first come – first served basis.

The event takes place during the Oslo Innovation Week (, which gives the participants an opportunity to combine the visit with other events in Oslo during the same week.