TCBL Associate Enterprises are businesses and enterprises, large and small – even individuals – in any way connected with design, production, manufacturing and distribution in the Textiles and Clothing (T&C) sector, who are interested in innovating business systems to build a more inclusive, sustainable and prosperous production ecosystem in Europe and throughout the world.
Over 100 Associate Enterprises were selected in the first two Calls for Expression of Interest that were open in 2016 and 2017. Their applications were evaluated in a rigorous peer review process, which is based primarily on the coherence of their business ideas with a set of principles we have identified as the common traits of those interested in innovating together for a sustainable future.
Associate Enterprises thus make up a value-based business community of innovating enterprises under the TCBL label. As a closed user group, they gain free access to service platforms they can experiment to innovation their business operations and can participate in one or more Business Cases in which they experiment new value chains with other TCBL Associate Enterprises.
Those interested in becoming an Associate Enterprise can sign up to the TCBL website to keep up with news and announcements regarding further Calls for Expressions of Interest.
TCBL is currently working with the first Call Associate Enterprises to develop concrete Business Cases that can illustrate the benefits of Business Model Innovation. The starting set of Business Cases are listed below.
Natural Cotton: rebuilding value chains for natural fibres (including linen, silk, hemp, etc.)
Short runs: partnerships and services to support short runs for sustainable fashion
Eco-Friendly Production: ways to reduce chemical usage, energy consumption, and environmental impact
BioShades: developing the use of bacteria based dyes as an industrial option
Digital heritage: digitisation of textile and clothing archives and collections as a source of design inspiration
Independents: empowering and networking independent designers and producers