The fashion industry’s poor performance at the end-of-use phase of the value chain, coupled with the high impact potential of recycling, clearly illustrate the case for change. In recent years, industry initiatives and stakeholder groups have shown an increasing interest in circularity, with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, the Sustainable Apparel Coalition and Fashion Positive, as well as a few pioneering companies driving the topic forward.
The Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s 2017 report, A New Textiles Economy: Redesigning Fashion’s Future, has added much needed clarity on the impacts and opportunities a circular economy represents in the fashion industry. The report and associated programme, Make Fashion Circular, have become a valuable tool for guiding the industry forward in creating systemic change.
To support this effort, we at Global Fashion Agenda are using our platform to drive action among fashion brands and retailers, a stakeholder group that plays a central role in the fashion value chain, influencing both how a product is made and used. However, to establish a systematic shift we also need the wider ecosystem, including governments, value chain partners and investors to play their part.