TCBL Textile & Clothing Business Labs is building a multi-faceted business ecosystem of sector enterprises, innovation labs, service providers, and business advisors, all working together to transform the Textiles and Clothing industry.

TCBL is a research and innovation project funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 programme under Grant Agreement 646133. It brings together 22 organisations from 11 EU Member States. The four-year workplan runs from July 2015 through June 2019, with a total budget of over 8 Million Euros.


The project contributes to achieve the following goals by 2025

  • Building alternative paths to over-production and diminishing value
  • Returning 5% of production capacity
  • Reducing carbon footprint with 20%


In its first two years of operations, TCBL has built a valued-based communityof 136 enterprises, 28 business labs, 75 expert advisors, 12 service providers, and 7 startups collaborating towards this shared goal. Innovative business models are currently being explored for re-structuring supply chains (natural cotton and eco-friendly production), re-shaping production processes (short runs and independents) and re-framing customer values (bacteria dyeing and digital heritage).

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 Programme for research, technology development, and innovation under grant Agreement no 646133