What is TCBL?
TCBL is a major EU funded project that aims to transform the Textile & Clothing (T&C) industry and bring production capacity back to Europe by applying new business approaches that support local design and production, reducing the T&C sector’s impact on the environment.
Around the world, customers are increasingly choosing clothes based on their ethical and environmental credentials and demanding more personalized and customized products. New commercial technologies and production processes offer opportunities to create innovative new business models that can harness the creative energies of local communities to meet those customers’ needs in a fast-growing, global market. However, for most people and most companies, opportunities to adopt new methodologies are restricted by everyday business pressures. Acting alone, the cost and risk of experimentation is simply too high.
TCBL introduces and supports new approaches to product design, production and sales, creating “laboratories” for design and manufacturing, including partnership activities focused on specific localities. TCBL’s “Associates Programme” brings in the wider community to establish:
- A network of “Business Labs” based on emerging trends, to illustrate the potential of new business concepts and scenarios;
- “Business Pilots”, featuring real enterprises of different sizes, drawing “roadmaps” of transition from traditional to new business models based on innovative commercial and production technologies;
- Virtual Knowledge Spaces and a variety of customized Business Services to support all aspects of Lab and Pilot operations.
TCBL is an open project with people and organisations working together for a more sustainable and competitive business world.
Lanificio Paoletti took part to the first TCBL early event on 21-22 June in Huddersfield, UK at the Textile Centre of Excellence where the mill history and its new projects were introduced to a crowd of partners and network. The attention to environmental issues, the use of 0 km raw materials and the cooperation with local producers and stakeholders such as design&fashion universities and schools, for the organisation of open events and projects aiming to spread the knowledge on wool and local traditions (an interesting example is the project La Via Della Lana – The Wool Road, which is at the 4th edition in 2016), made the Lanificio Paoletti really interesting for the TCBL network, respecting ethical principles of the project and thus representing a “Business Lab”.
More on TCBL and Lanificio Paoletti involvement soon!