In 2015, the fashion industry consumed nearly 80 billion cubic meters of freshwater, emitted over a million tonnes of CO2 and produced 92 million tonnes of waste; which is set to increase 63% by 2030*. Clothing is a basic human need, but our consumption pushes beyond this necessity and is contributing to the destruction of our planet. We need to move away from the take-make-dispose model to a circular economy that designs out waste and pollution, keeps products and materials in use longer, regenerates natural systems all while making money protecting the planet and fulfilling our human needs with relation to fashion.
Ingested and inhaled fibers carry toxic materials and a third of the food we eat is contaminated with this material. In the textile industry, fabrics are generally selected based on aesthetics, durability, cost, green chemistry and carbon footprints. Still, critical information on their environmental and health impacts is not considered, leading to the use of unsustainable and hazardous fibers in apparel.
If the greatest challenges facing the world cannot be addressed by one company alone, what does this mean to business as usual? How can we help transform the system in which business is done, to deliver positive business, social and environmental impact at scale. We ask you – how do we go from linear to circular fashion?
There is a great potential for innovative business models that focus on reuse, repair and re-manufacture / re: design. With increasing consumer and organisational awareness, more companies put emphasis on circular economy, making it essential to their business models. Now you have the chance to revolutionise the industry.
Can we build new collaborations between established companies and new innovators to jointly create solutions based on circular economy for a sustainable fashion industry?