A Manifesto To Deliver A Circular Economy in Textiles
As part of a global supply chain, the European textile and clothing industry employs 1.7 million people in 176,000 companies, generating a turnover of EUR 181 billion. The European Commission recently identified the sector’s large potential to become part of the circular economy, calling out textiles (apparel and fabrics) as a priority for future work. A representative part of the fashion and textile industry is already engaged in and committed to this journey; however, the systems and tools to support a scaled circular system are currently inadequate.
This year, the European Apparel and Textile Confederation in collaboration with the Federation of the European Sporting Goods Industry, the Global Fashion Agenda, the International Apparel Federation, and the Sustainable Apparel Coalition drafted a manifesto for their goal to create a circular economy in the textile industry. This manifesto sets out key requirements to address the most significant gaps in the effort to collaborate for true circularity.
Read the full manifesto HERE.