Business Beyond Borders continues its preparation for Texworld Paris. Among the current issues relevant to the textile and fashion industry, one counts the Circular Economy and its growing impact through policy and shifting practices.
In line with the Circular Economy Action Plan, different industries are transforming themselves to achieve new objectives towards clean and reusable products. In order to “close the loop”, producers and customers are encouraged to take an active role in the road towards a Circular Economy by the EU through different programmes, including Horizon 2020.
The Textile and Fashion industry are taking part on this effort, in which has been labelled as ‘Circular Fashion’. There are several principles to keep in mind when supporting and promoting a more circular and sustainable fashion, apparel and textile industry. Such principles apply, of course, to producers of both textiles and apparel, retailers and consumers alike.
In order to reduce the significant amount of waste coming from this industry (over 90.000 tonnes of textiles wind up as waste annually), there is an ongoing transition process to transform the production, packaging and design processes.
The following key principles have been compiled by Dr. Anna Bismar, CEO of Green Strategy:
- 1: Design with a purpose
- 2: Design for longevity
- 3: Design for resource efficiency
- 4: Design for biodegradability
- 5: Design for recyclability
- 6: Source and produce more locally
- 7: Source and produce without toxicity
- 8: Source and produce with efficiency
- 9: Source and produce with renewables
- 10: Source and produce with good ethics
- 11: Provide services to support long life
- 12: Reuse, recycle or compost all remains
- 13: Collaborate well and widely
- 14: Use, wash and repair with care
- 15: Consider rent, loan, swap, second-hand or redesign instead of buying new
- 16: Buy quality as opposed to quantity
The 16 principles for a Circular Economy (image: Business Beyond Borders)
The aforementioned principles cover the full extent of the fashion and apparel industry, from design to consumption. Their implementation and application are expected to bring the textile and fashion industry to a new age in which toxicity and massive amounts of waste are mitigated.
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 European Commission, Initiative Launches to Fight Clothing Waste around Europe, 2017: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/europeangreencapital/clothing-waste-initiative/
 European Clothing Action Plan.