The Swedish Government has established at the state research centre RISE, Borås, a centre to help SMEs substitute hazardous chemicals, especially in the textile sector. Borås is Sweden’s historic textile capital. The centre will receive 0.7 M€/y from the State and 0.5 M€/y from RISE with the objective of becoming self-funding through company fees in the long term. It will facilitate cooperation and information sharing on alternative chemicals and non-chemical techniques. Sweden’s Environment Minister, Karolina Slog, stated that the aim is for Sweden to become world leader in sustainable textile production and consumption, through reuse, recycling and phase out of hazardous chemicals.
Swedish Government, 8 November 2017 (in Swedish) http://www.regeringen.se/debattartiklar/2017/11/boras-gar-fore-for-hallbara-textilier/