About TCBL Association

The TCBL Association gathers together people and organizations who want to bring real change to the textile and clothing industry. Growing public awareness of the industry’s significant social and environmental impacts has led to endless promises and commitments, but little has changed.
We think we can make a difference by building an alternative system based on experimentation, trust and shared values.

We need new methods, new materials, and new models; that’s where TCBL Labs come in.
We need to apply social and technical innovations in real industrial settings; Businesses in TCBL help test those.
We need new services that support sustainable processes for design, production, distribution, and end-of-life; that’s the contribution of TCBL Service Providers.

Above all, we need to learn from and collaborate with each other to develop new working practices and new business models that can make the textile and clothing industry something we can be truly proud of. TCBL Association - a non-profit made up of people just like you, with common values - does all this.

The TCBL Association is a non-profit established according to Dutch law. It is an extension of the ideas and results developed in the five-year TCBL Project that received funding from the European Union. See the “Archive” section of this website for more information.

TCBL Governance and Statute

Core members

The TCBL Community is built on a set of 7 principles that we have identified to capture these shared values:
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The driver of innovation: creative exploration of new ideas and models for social and business innovation.

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Operational sustainability: equally increasing the prosperity of businesses and the well-being of communities.

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Environmental and social sustainability: commitment to the environment, through circular economy and local value chains, reducing waste and designing for durable relationships.

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The value of diversity: highlighting the diversity of cultures, traditions, needs and tastes as a base for collective transformation.

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The basis for collaboration: sharing resources and information, working with interoperable processes and platforms, providing transparent standards for business practice.

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Recognition of dignity: taking care of social knowledge and individual contributions, respecting the dignity of workers and consumers, promoting the value of place and territories.

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Professionality of practice: committing to reliable, trustworthy and professional behavior in production, design, retail, and usage.