Empowering the sustainable
What is Transitions?
Transitions is a strategic alliance for innovation, to nurture the textile and fashion transition to a 4.0 system and a circular economy by developing new learning methods, tools and practices to help students, young designers and professionals, to face real challenges.
Fashion and textiles (F&T) is a priority sector for the European transition towards sustainability. The F&T sectors face structural and systemic challenges that require a profound model change. Stakeholders will work together to design and develop new training methods to face the digital and green transformation. The objective is to create collaborative and real work-based training where the different actors in the value chain work on how to take advantage of technology to generate new value proposals and new business models within a circular economy. A circular economy aims to maintain the value of products, materials, and resources for as long as possible by reintroducing them into the product cycle at the end of their use, minimizing waste generation.
These challenges draw a new competitive framework to which companies in the sector must adapt. The textile and fashion industry, which employs 1.3 million people in Europe and generates an aggregate turnover of 143 billion Euros, is made up of more than 140,000 SMEs, many of them small, that need support in addressing the transformation process in which the sector is immersed. Fashion and textiles are the second most polluting industry in the world. The F&T sectors face structural and systemic challenges that require a profound model change. The objective is to create a collaborative and real work-based training where the different actors in the value chain work on how to take advantage of technology to generate new value proposals and new business models that foster the transition to a 4.0 and circular system.
What we do
Transition proposes a multidisciplinary pedagogical approach based on Transition design theories and emerging disciplines and practices at the intersection of textile, biology, digital fabrication. The expected outcomes are:
- Create a modular training programme based on Industry 4.0 for a T&F new circular system.
- Set up innovation-focused training modules based on real practice and challenges (Transition Labs) to skill, reskill and upskill students and professionals
- Developing new ways to generate innovation in textile and design processes, production and commercialization.
Transitions’s target audience are Product, F&T design students, young designers; fashion startups; SMEs professionals from design and management of creative industries; teachers and researchers in F&T design. All the specialists in design and development training of the SMEs F&T sectors. Makers and territorial agents of change.