World Circular Textile Days
Clothing industry faces a rapid increase in production volumes and ever shorter lifetimes of the products: clothing production
has approximately doubled in the last 15 years, while
the number of times a garment is worn before being
discarded has decreased 36% compared to 15 years ago
(Ellen MacArthur Foundation, 2017). With less than 1%
of the material used to produce clothing recycled into
new clothing, the textile industry uses large amounts
of resources, leading to negative impacts on the environment (Ellen MacArthur Foundation, 2017).
The rapid growth in textiles has largely been accounted
for by synthetic fibres (produced largely from oil),
which, over the last 20 years, have grown from below
20% of global fibre production to 62% of global fibre
production in 2018 (Textile Exchange, 2018). Achieving a circular chain will require coordinated actions by a range of stakeholders. Priority needs are stronger governance and policies to drive the change,
collaboration and financing to enable industry-wide
participation, and changing consumption habits.
We have become a signatory on world circular textile days !
World Circular Textiles Day, which takes place every year on 8th October, has been launched to celebrate the efforts of a growing community of companies, organisations and individuals actively working towards a circular textiles future. We are following through on ourplan to go circular by 2030.
We know that there is a long way to go, and we must remember that we’re all in it together !