The world has not yet recovered from years of pandemic and state of emergency, when new challenges in the form of war in our neighborhood and an energy crisis are sweeping the world. Like many other industries, the textile service industry is affected. However, we see that the industry's many years of work for increased resource and energy efficiency can mitigate the effects of the inflation and energy crisis we are in. As energy prices soar, clear results are visible from the highly energy-efficient processes and internal energy production that the professional textile service industry has invested in during many years.
Rising prices for raw materials can at the same time further increase interest in the circular textile flows in which the textile service industry is a key player. That the focus on reuse and reuse of textiles will increase in the future has become clear during the year, not least through the EU's strategy for sustainable and circular textiles, which was launched in March this year. The strategy creates a framework that clearly shows that circular textile flows are far from being a fad, but a necessity in a world where both raw materials and energy have an increasingly high price tag and the knowledge of the environmental impact of textile production is well known.
Sweden is already well ahead, through the commitment of several of our members and close cooperation with the industry to create new textile products from old ones. In this year's sustainability report, further examples of circular initiatives within the textile service industry are presented. For the first time, we can also clearly see that recycling and reuse is happening on a large scale, and is the primary disposal for the majority of several members' textile waste.
In a situation when recession and potential cuts are at the door, it can be even more difficult for new Swedes to gain a foothold in the Swedish labor market. The jobs offered in the textile service industry are therefore even more important for a functioning integration and as continued bridges into Swedish society.