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A New Textiles Economy Report by Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Updated: Feb 18, 2021

The report A New Textiles Economy: Redesigning Fashion's Future has been created by the Circular Fibres Initiative and calls for the fashion industry to adopt a new vision and build cross industry collaborations to achieve it. This ground-breaking report lays the foundation for a new mindset and creates a shared vision for a circular fashion industry.

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More than USD 500 billion of value is lost every year due to clothing underutilisation and the lack of recycling. Furthermore, this take-make- dispose model has numerous negative environmental and societal impacts. For instance, total greenhouse gas emissions from textiles production, at 1.2 billion tonnes annually, are more than those of all international flights and maritime shipping combined.

“Today’s textile industry is built on an outdated linear, take-make-dispose model and is hugely wasteful and polluting.”

The report presents an ambitious vision of a new system, based on circular economy principles that offers benefits to the economy, society, and the environment. In a new textiles economy clothes would be designed to last longer, be worn more and be easily rented or resold and recycled, and would not release toxins or pollution. Exploring new materials, pioneering business models, harnessing the power of design, and finding ways to scale better technologies and solutions are all needed to create a new textiles economy.

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“The report presents a roadmap for us to create better businesses and a better environment. It opens up the conversation that will allow us to find a way to work together to better our industry, for the future of fashion and for the future of the planet,” commented Stella MacCartney.

Click here to read the full Report by Ellen MacArthur Foundation, 2017.


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