The People On Board
World Circular Textiles Day is for anyone who is impassioned and excited by our vision for Full Circularity: 2050. Anyone who wonders why items are wasted, rather than reused, anyone who wants products to remain products as long as possible, until they can be broken down into raw materials for making new textiles. Anyone who strives for dignity, equity and equality.
Join our community of circular technologies, intra- and entrepreneurs, brands, retailers, conveners, collectors, value chain producers, designers, policymakers, organisers, facilitators, campaigners – and of course their pets – to make this happen.
Organisations, brands, local authorities
The pioneers of industry who are dedicated to making circularity a reality. Founding Signatories
Accelerating Circularity’s mission is: To establish systems that will use the embedded value and resources in existing textiles for new products, reducing the millions of tons of textile waste annually going into landfills and thereby supporting the reduction of the industry’s GHG emissions.
Karla Magruder, Founder of Accelerating Circularity
We are committed to investing in the critical innovation needed to support brands and shoppers to participate in a truly circular economy for the apparel industry. We are thrilled to be a part of this incredibly important initiative and to help coordinate the many solutions required across the value chain, that together will enable this systemic change for the industry.
“Fashion’s transition to a circular economy is already underway. Now it’s about accelerating and scaling these game-changing technologies to ensure that fashion no longer degrades the planet’s natural systems including Ancient and Endangered Forests. Canopy is committed to working creatively with brand partners, producers, innovators and investors to make Next Generation Solutions the norm as quickly as possible.”
Nicole Rycroft, Founder and Executive Director of Canopy
The British Fashion Council (BFC) and the Institute of Positive Fashion (IPF) are delighted to become a Founding Signatory of World Circular Textiles Day and to join forces on the path to a fully circular 2050.
The BFC strengthens British Fashion in the global economy as a leader in responsible, creative businesses. It does this through championing diversity, building and inviting the industry to actively participate in a network to accelerate a successful circular fashion economy.
The BFC launched the IPF earlier this year. The IPF helps the British Fashion Industry lead in the goal to be more resilient and circular through global collaboration and local action. Leveraging global expertise and resources, the IPF adopts standards, develops and establishes frameworks to reset and create a new blueprint for the industry. Through identifying common challenges, the IPF calls for collective action and investment in innovation to make a difference. The IPF aims to bring the industry in tune with the needs of the planet by taking a holistic approach across environment, people, community & craftsmanship.
The way we produce and consume fashion needs to change and we are fully committed to change the way we do business to become fully circular and climate positive. The fashion industry must take responsibility of its future together when addressing the most pressing issues of our times – climate change, waste pollution and unsustainable use of resources. Progress has been made, but there is still lots to do. Inspiring and collaborating with others will remain fundamental to unlock some of the biggest challenges we face, such as the innovation needed to make the textile recycling fully scalable. We are very happy to be part of the World Circular Textiles Day and engage with other players in our way towards a more sustainable fashion future.
Cecilia Strömblad Brännsten
Environmental Sustainability Manager H&M Group
“At Centre for Circular Design we believe in the potential of creativity, innovation and collaboration. Connecting design with the material and social sciences, industry and citizens to lay solid foundations for the circular industries of the future. The willingness of all actors in this complex system to co-create a shared vision is absolutely key. World Circular Textiles Day will be the catalyst to achieving this ambition.”
“World Circular Textiles Day (WCTD) is both a celebration of the bold steps taken to date towards a circular apparel and textile industry, and a promise to ourselves and to each other to collectively continue this work, while acknowledging the urgency, patience and diligence that it requires of us.”
“To transform the industry towards circularity, responsible, clever and creative decisions need to be taken in every aspect of a garment’s life – from choosing the right materials, design and construction, retail and use, to finally ensure infrastructures and a partner network for reuse and recycling. With our circular design software and full cycle services, circular.fashion is committed and offers concrete solutions to support brands on every step of their journey towards circularity!”
“ Circularity is the primary ethos for Dhana as a company and we follow the mission to educate and impact future generations with responsible actions – from design to delivery, reuse to recovery, idea to innovation. To embrace circularity is to value people and the planet every step of the way. ”
Shamini Dhana, Founder and CEO of Dhana Inc.
We are very optimistic and see the development of truly sustainable, circular textiles as absolutely essential. As we pursue a holistic approach for our textiles we are convinced that this is crucial for the environment and our future.
“Eon powers Connected Products to unlock the communication and connectivity between people, products and systems essential to achieve Circular Commerce. We are in support of World Circular Textile Day, as we see it as a way to champion and facilitate the global collaboration essential for a sustainable, equitable and profitable future.”
Natasha Franck, Eon, Founder and CEO
“The circular economy is one of the greatest design challenges of the 21st century and it requires commitment from all stakeholders within the textile and apparel supply chain to become a reality. The process of transforming textile waste into a valuable resource and keeping all materials in circulation is Evrnu’s ultimate vision. We are proud to partner with likeminded collaborators to change the future of our industry, together.”
Stacy Flynn, Evrnu CEO and Co-Founder & Christopher Stanev, Evrnu President and Co-Founder
Fashion for Good is committed to sparking and scaling technologies and business models that have the greatest potential to transform the fashion industry for the better. As such, we stand behind World Circular Textiles Day as a means to raise awareness, encourage further collaboration within the industry and the implementation of sustainable solutions towards a truly circular economy.
Fashion Revolution is proud to be a Founding Signatory for this important initiative. Acting together to tackle waste is the only way to magnify it’s negative impact, and looking for solutions can only be done by radically collaborating at every step of the supply chain
“At Gap Inc., we do more than sell clothes. We are moving to a regenerative business model through more sustainable and circular practices. The circular economy is not only a future imperative, it is also a business opportunity, and we are excited to be a founding signatory of World Circular Textiles Day.”
”At Global Fashion Agenda, we mobilise the industry to turn words into action, accelerating our industry’s transition to a circular fashion system. We believe that global initiatives such as WCTD can play an important role in speeding up this shift through industry-wide awareness-raising about the need for collective action towards a more circular fashion industry.”
Our mission at I:CO is to collect, sort and recycle pre as well as post consumer apparel & shoes. By establishing circular supply chains we can preserve valuable resources bound in these products and transform the fashion industry away from the current linear economy.
“The implementation of circularity is one of the most important challenges the textile industry is currently facing. Since the topic is so complex, progress can only be achieved by partnering and starting industry-overlapping initiatives. As Lenzing has a clear commitment towards circularity we appreciate this new initiative and fully support it.”
“With a growing population and unsustainable consumption patterns, we as a fashion industry use up more natural resources than our planet can handle. In order for us to enjoy fashion in the future, our industry needs to transform. This transformation can only come from collaboration with one another toward shared goals and a shared vision of a circular industry.”
Susanne Ehnbåge, CEO Lindex
“As it is our goal to transform our business to a more and more circular one, we as Otto Group are pleased to join and fully support the ambition and message of World Circular Textiles Day!”
Tobias Wollermann, Otto Group Vice President Corporate Responsibility
“The Salvation Army is delighted to celebrate the inaugural World Circular Textiles Day which marks the beginning of a new collaborative and creative initiative to tackle the global impacts associated with textiles production and waste. Representing the Salvation Army’s trading businesses across the world who generate funds for its charitable work, we have been keen advocates and operators in the circular textiles field for many decades. We work with corporate partners and innovators who want to look after the environment and care passionately about its future. Within the towns and cities we operate in across the world, we enable the reuse and recycling of textiles through our network of charity retail stores, textiles recycling banks, donation centres and textiles reprocessing centres. We prevent tens of millions of garments being wasted each week. Today we look forward to working with our partners in the UK and across the world, developing and scaling up circular solutions for clothing and textiles which achieve the collective vision of the signatory organisations of World Circular Textiles Day.“
The scientific community continues to sound the alarm that the planet is warming way too much and way too fast; that the biodiversity that we humans depend on is in such rapid decline that we are likely on the verge of a mass extinction; that increasing inequality and misinformation is a threat to our democratic institutions. In its current form, the global apparel industry contributes significantly to these problems and therefore, if it is to maintain its relevance and license to operate, must change. And fast. That is why we need bold, smart, and honest leadership. We call on our politicians and government representatives, financial institutions and business leaders, innovators and citizens to advocate for and enact policies and practices that make it too expensive to invest in bad industry practices and outdated linear business models. We call on our leaders to ensure that the only economically viable and profitable choice is to invest in solutions that are truly circular and just. We are in a state of emergency. It is time we start acting like it.
Michael Schragger, Founder and Executive Director, The Sustainable Fashion Academy
We are committed to helping create customer-centric, commercially attractive circular business models that helps our clients stay relevant, grow market share, open up different markets and build resilience against the impacts and risks of climate change.
Recover is a sustainability company, bringing recycled fibre and closed loop solutions to the textiles industry on a global scale.
Our mission is to be an agent of positive change for the textiles industry and accelerate the transition towards circularity.
Recover is proud to support the launch of World Circular Textiles Day in its mission to raise awareness and increase industry engagement around achieving a circular textiles world by 2050.
From now until 2030, 1.7 billion additional people eager to express themselves through style will join the global middle class. The only way fashion can serve that fundamental need without a destroying the environment and worsening climate change is by going circular. We fully support World Circular Textiles Day because fashion needs to take better care of the materials it extracts from earth.
Refashion (Eco TLC), the French eco-organization for textiles, wishes to support the World Circular Textiles Day.
We also hope that a fully circular textiles industry can be achieved by 2050.
This is our vision and our day-to-day work, bringing all stakeholders of the French textiles industry together to build a 100% circular sector.
The future of our industry depends on all of us designing with intention and with circularity as the end goal, but also investing in real solutions to close the loop and keep materials recirculating in the fashion system. WCTD is an important call to action for brands and manufacturers to start doing just that, and for consumers to hold us accountable to progress.
Retrievr makes it easy for people and brands to return value to unwanted clothing, shoes, and electronics. Collection is the entry point into the circular economy, and by coming directly to your door, through a tech-enabled on-demand pickup service, we make apparel and electronics circularity accessible. We envision a world where the items we no longer need perpetually return to their highest and best reuse.
Reverse Resources goal is to reduce cost, increase quality and availability of recycling and recycled materials through better access and quality of textile waste as a resource for recyclers. To do that RR is building a trading and tracing platform for textile waste that would significantly improve efficiency and market insight for all relevant stakeholders in the recycling supply chain. As such we support World Circular Textile Day and all such initiatives that promote circularity within the textiles industry.
“As a mission driven recycling and sustainability consultancy, RRS is committed to advancing a circular textiles economy by building a strong recovery value chain.”
“SellHound makes it easier than ever to move the clothes you no longer want out of your closet and into the hands of others who will love them like you once did. Our app accelerates the circular economy by fetching the very best keywords and descriptions so items sell for a better price, faster. At Sellhound, we put circular fashion right in your hands.”
«Circular economy within the textile industry is an important driver of innovation and sustainable practices. TEXAID, as a part of the end-of-life phase within the textile value chain, supports the further development of the industry on the road to circularity. We are committed to active exchange within the textile industry. This is the only way to understand the requirements of the various players and to find joint solutions to close the textile loop.»
Martin Böschen, CEO TEXAID
“As Textile Exchange shifts the focus of our work to urgent climate action, we are committed more than ever to push the industry to adopt materials and strategies that deliver on climate outcomes. Alongside decarbonization efforts and a focus on farming practices, the transition to the circular economy is essential to keeping materials in use, ensuring they are produced responsibly, and can be accepted back into the system at the end of their life. We are proud to be part of the first World Circular Textiles Day.”
The Textile Recycling Association is a strong advocate of the circular economy. We recognise how choices made along the entire supply chain beginning with fibre choice and design affects the ability to re-use and recycle used clothing and textiles. Developing supply chain partnerships by supporting World Circular Textiles Day will help to build the necessary linkages and ultimately enable us to keep textiles and fibres circulating in our industry, which in turn will maximise environmental benefits and help to minimise the significant environmental impacts.
There will be no vaccine or panacea for climate change. The world is literally hanging on by a thread, and it’s important that we bring immediate attention to a better way, a circular way, for one of the most impactful industries on the planet: textiles. Time is of the essence as we work day and night, around the globe, to help power the technology that will make circularity possible.
Vivobarefoot is on a mission to reconnect people and planet through making regenerative bare-footwear with circular supply chains and rewilding experiences.
We believe the only real model of environmental sustainability is the natural world itself: nature is the path to human wellbeing and our business goals are designed to help regenerate and restore the environment.
“Waste Management is excited to link arms with supply chain partners in textiles and fashion from around the world. We are looking forward to working towards efforts on innovations that will drive us towards circularity that will benefit the industry, our communities, and future generations.”
“How can we clothe 8 Billion people sustainably? The good news is that technology has developed such that consumers can now wear clothes made from 100% sustainable material with the same quality and price as conventional material. So make the change today. Make a Material Difference; wear sustainable clothing. “
Dr. Vivek Tandon, Perpetual
At Sourcemap we are thrilled to be among the founding signatories of World Circular Textiles Day because it underscores Sourcemap’s commitment to sustainable, transparent supply chains: knowing where things come from and where they end enables industry to provide benefits for communities and for the environment at every stage of supply chains.
Leo Bonanni, Founder and CEO of Sourcemap
“At Aii, we wholeheartedly support World Circular Textiles Day to further accelerate the transition to a circularity economy. Our organization was founded to scale impact with the industry, and we proudly endorse the adoption of circular materials and the acceleration of new business models to achieve the industry’s environmental targets.”
Lewis Perkins, President of the Apparel Impact Institute (Aii)
Intellecap, supported by the DOEN Foundation, and with Aditya Birla Fashion & Retail Ltd. as an Anchor Partner launched the Circular Apparel Innovation Factory (CAIF) in 2018, an industry-led platform with the vision to build a circular apparel and textile industry. Our mission is to build capabilities and the ecosystem needed for a transition towards a circular textile and apparel industry. We leverage the Aavishkaar approach of creating impact at scale through providing access to capital, knowledge, and networks throughout an innovator’s journey.
Futerra’s mission is to make sustainability so desirable it becomes normal and as a B Corp we have a duty to do so. Increasingly we’re seeing circularity as a crucial piece in making sustainability the norm. Through our work, we’ve help some of fashion’s most loved brands develop circularity strategies to make that happen. Futerra is a founding signatory of World Circular Textiles Day because we need more support, resources, attention, and energy to drive the shift towards circular economies.
At Primark, we are working hard to minimise our impact on the planet wherever we can, from the way we prioritise recycled and sustainable raw materials, through to organising our stores and warehouses through energy efficiencies and waste recycling.
We support World Circular Textile Day as the long term aim for the industry around circularity. With the advancement of technology will come more opportunity for brands, retailers and manufactures to close the loop. Ultimately, we all should be aiming for a world where waste becomes resource. In the meantime, we continue to advance our progress in minimising waste and increasing recycling.
“Industry leaders have a responsibility to support initiatives that contribute toward building a sustainable, circular economy. Sulzer is actively developing technologies that help achieve this aim. Our teams are involved in projects around the world aimed at reducing the environmental impact of manufacturing processes. We are particularly honored to be a part of the World Circular Textiles Day initiative – as the Worn Again technology provider we offer our innovative separation solutions to revolutionize textile upcycling processes.”
Torsten Wintergerste, Division President Chemtech at Sulzer
“At The Communications Store, we believe collaborative initiatives such as these are what can make real change. From auditing current and future clients on their ESG performance to crafting communications strategies that can drive genuine change, to working in collaboration with our Global Advisory Board (GAB) we actively want to support this initiative. We are proud that our GAB includes Andrew Morlet, CEO of The Ellen MacArthur Foundation and we are committed to helping our clients, and our industry work towards a more circular world. From brands that are just starting their sustainability journey, to industry leaders such as Gabriela Hearst. We look forward to seeing the changes World Circular Textiles Day can make year on year.”
Veolia has an ambition to be a global leader in ecological transformation and is determined to make today and tomorrow’s world more sustainable. Our vocation is to resource the world through the design and deployment of solutions to facilitate access to resources, their preservation and their renewal. Our responsibility is great and so is our capacity to act. We only need to reinforce trust and cooperation, find the best possible consensus around a value creation that is at the same time financial, social, societal and environmental.
We see textiles recycling as a key pillar in developing a circular economy. The World Circular Textiles Day is a fantastic initiative to put minds to work to find consensus among industry players and create value for society and the global economy.
“As Himes, we are now taking action to decrease virgin and non-renewable material use in our garments by using recycled and organic materials in our uniform and workwear lines. In the meantime, we are promoting the development of a new recycling technology that will create a closed-loop system for textiles across the USA.”
Circularity is at the heart of ASICS’ sustainability strategy with the coming years our focus on sustainable manufacturing, sustainable materials and end of life stage of the product life cycle.
And although, until now, the world has made little progress in its shift towards circularity, we believe the transition is inevitable.
“Circularity is a goal we can only reach if we all work together. FABSCRAP is proudly committed to working with all organizations and individuals that share our mission to eradicate textile waste.”
The R Collective lives to rescue materials at the end of their life in the defunct linear system and we dream for the day when circularrity is widely adopted. We’re excited to join this network so that we can work shoulder to shoulder with professionals around the world.
Redress’ work is deeply rooted in changing fashion’s linear system towards circularity, especially through our work to educate emerging fashion professionals globally on this topic. We are delighted to celebrate World Circular Textiles Day with other friends in this collaborative network.
“Brink jumped at the chance to be part of World Circular Textile Day. It’s a great initiative and a chance to join the brightest and most optimistic people doing work for our brighter and most optimistic future.”
EILEEN FISHER Inc. is committed to building a circular design system and creating a future without waste.
Responsible production and consumption of textiles is very important for the future of our planet, so we are beyond excited for seeding the circular economy.
“We’re on a mission to move towards circular fashion and textiles – eliminating the concept of waste, at a scale large enough for real impact. Together, we can make this circularity a reality – bringing joy and hope back to the industry and the world as we go.”
WRAP has worked in the field of sustainable clothing for nearly ten years, both through our UK Sustainable Clothing Action Plan 2020 Commitment, and in partnership with other European countries for the European Clothing Action Plan. This year we began a major new project to move towards a circular economy for clothing around the world via Circular Clothing Action Plans.
At the heart of all these programmes is a focus on reducing the impact our clothes have on the environment. We take a truly circular approach to the problem. From addressing the stresses of agricultural and manufacturing practices, through introducing new business models in retail, to engaging citizens through awareness campaigns like Love Your Clothes to promote longevity, recycling and re-use, we really hope to make a difference.
A circular approach to the problem is crucial to tackle pressures at every stage of the lifecycle of our clothes, and WRAP is delighted to be a founding supporter of World Circular Textiles Day.
Bank & Vogue Holdings Limited (BVH) is a group of companies whose purpose is to find “Innovative and Relevant Solutions to the Crisis of Stuff”. Bank & Vogue is the largest trader of second-hand goods in North America, and operates one of the biggest commercial remanufacturing facilities in the world. As a global leader in the circular economy of textiles, with over twenty years of experience in the re-use space, we offer a completely unique perspective, honed from our experience in trading, retailing, remanufacturing and recycling used clothing and footwear. We are proud to be a Founding Signatory of World Circular Textiles Day and to continue to work towards a more sustainable textiles industry.
LMB Textiles Ltd are proud to be founding signatory to the WCTD, helping enable the circular economy to find the most sustainable solution for the clothing produced today for the benefit of tomorrow.
Our goal is to enable the textile, leather, apparel, and footwear industries to implement sustainable chemical management best practices across the value chain, in line with the three principles of circular economy:
- design out waste and pollution,
- keep products and materials in use, and
- regenerate natural systems.
‘Valvan Baling Systems is a long-time supplier of textile sorting equipment, our ultimate goal is to enable a circular textiles industry by developing new technologies. Fibersort is our latest technology that enables full circularity.’
Birla Cellulose is a 100% nature-based cellulosic fibre, ideal for apparel, home textile, & nonwoven applications. Birla Cellulose offers a wide range of fibres for fashion and lifestyle with a focus on sustainability, innovation and partnership.
Sustainability is at the heart of every thing we do. Birla Cellulose fibres come from nature and go back to nature leaving a positive footprint on the environment.
“Luxury and sustainability are one and the same.” Reflecting this deeply held conviction of François-Henri Pinault, sustainability has always been at the heart of Kering’s strategy. Far more than an ethical necessity, it is a driver of innovation and value creation for the Group, its Houses, and its stakeholders.
Our company has a single mission: to help make the world a better place through innovative technologies, products and services.
Profitable, sustainable growth for all stake holders is the goal and our company is thus making its contribution to securing the future. Performance, quality, sustainability and passion are the factors that enable us to face the challenges of the future day by day. By expanding our e-save philosophy consistently we are increasing value through high-quality innovative industrial solutions, continuously.
Wieland wants to make a giant leap towards the transition to a circular textile industry.
The urgency of an effective transition to a circular textile industry is bigger than ever. The negative impacts of the contemporary, linear textile chain on people, the planet and the economy are dazzling. From miserable and dangerous working conditions for millions of people that are working in the textile industry, up to an unimaginable waste of raw materials: from the total amount of raw materials for garments, less than 1 per cent is re-used for the production of new clothes. Moreover, the textile industry is one of the main causes of the ‘plastic soup’ in the oceans. Approximately 0.5 million tons of plastic micro-fibers coming from garments, has already spilled out into the oceans due to the rinsing of cloths when they are being washed. And what to think of the huge contribution of the industry to the global emissions of greenhouse gases? An amount that is even greater than the total emissions of the international aviation industry and shipping sector together! In other words, the textile industry is at the eve of an epic transition.
Arvind has always focussed on input management as preferred approach to sustainability rather than just looking at tailpipe management. This fundamentally right philosophy has helped us to improve our sustainability performance over the years. We are now integrating this approach across the value chain to enhance performance of our allies too.
Right alliances accelerate sustainability performance. At its very core, sustainability is the art of creating allies of diverse stakeholders who champion divergent interests. At Arvind, we see allying as the process of formally co-operating with like-minded forces and combining resources, expertise, networks and assets towards a common purpose: To achieve larger sustainability goals faster.
Reskinned is here to free the unworn, unloved clothing and footwear living at the back of your wardrobe.
We’re designing clever tech and new systems that make it easier to get the things you don’t wear into the hands of the people who will value them most.
We promise to reuse or recycle 100% of what we receive and ensure 0% enters landfill.
Common Objective (CO) is an intelligent business network for the fashion industry. Our technology matches members with the connections and resources they need to succeed – and makes it easier for them to work in the most sustainable way.
Our members have a common objective – to build successful businesses, with a positive impact for people and the environment. Our ambition, working in collaboration with our partners, is to take sustainable fashion from niche to norm.
ReLondon is LWARB, renamed – a partnership of the Mayor of London and London’s boroughs to improve waste and resource management in the capital and accelerate our transition to a low carbon circular city. Our mission is to make London a global leader in sustainable ways to live, work and prosper by revolutionising our relationship with stuff and helping London waste less and reuse, repair, share and recycle more.
It’s our Mission to replace the use of virgin resources by recapturing raw materials from non-reusable products.
We exist to propel the shift to a circular economy.
Oxfam is a global movement of millions of people who share the belief that, in a world rich in resources, poverty isn’t inevitable. In just 15 years, extreme poverty has been halved. 15 more years and we can end it for good.
Oxfam promotes the circular economy and sustainable fashion by extending the life of used clothing through reuse, re-sale or recycling, helping to close the loop on clothing waste and raise funds to end poverty. We invite consumers to donate unwanted clothing through our UK charity shops, found on over 600 high streets across the UK, and promote ‘pre-loved’ clothing as desirable and sustainable, through activities including fashion shows, photo shoots and celebrity donations.
At Segura, we’re passionate about enabling businesses to create ethical and sustainable supply chains that maximise their business operations, efficiencies and processes. We are an innovative software provider, created with the aim to combine digital expertise with detailed knowledge of global supply chains, in order to deliver a simple-to-use but compelling business solution.
The NYC Department of Sanitation is the world’s largest sanitation department. DSNY collects more than 10,500 tons of residential and institutional garbage and 1,760 tons of the recyclables – each day. While efficiently managing solid waste and clearing litter or snow from 6,300 miles of streets, the Department is also a leader in environmentalism — committing to sending zero waste to landfills.
Creating a circular fashion system will require changes across the industry, from designing garments with materials that have recycling potential, to the development of new recycling techniques as well as entirely new business models. Above all we want to emphasise the importance of reducing the amount of virgin garments produced and bought in the first place. Only with a combination of reduction, reuse and recycling will we effectively decrease waste and reduce the ever expanding footprint of fashion. Our goals at ASKET are to ensure our collection is circular ready by 2020, launch a take-back program in 2021, and only when the lifetime of garments cannot be prolonged in any way, will we work with different upcycling and recycling options to ensure the material can be used for other purposes, primarily within the apparel supply chain, secondarily in other industries.
Finisterre has had sustainability at its core since the start, but there’s no getting away from the fact that there’s a lot of work to be done to realise a truly sustainable clothing and textile industry. We’re committed to achieving full circularity throughout our product range and business practices; designing out waste, extending product lifespan and rethinking product ownership. We’re committed to the end goal, and believe circularity can be achieved by 2030, through innovation and collaboration.
Infinite X is a circular fashion platform bringing together all sustainable fashion brands together and ensuring every clothing sold through its platform to be taken back from customers doorstep and recycled. By 2050, we want to enable 100% Indian Fashion Industry to be Circular through multiple direct interventions based on circular economy principles.
We are a leading Australian Textile Recycler. Our mission is to keep as much textile & apparel out of landfill. We also offer circularity subject to composition of material. By 2050 (Actually earlier) we plan to do all our work onshore.
This world has passed its limits and if we intend to stay on it, we better start transitioning in an accelerated pace to a circular economy, reusing our materials in an energy neutral way advancing wellbeing of all people. And textiles touch each and every one of us – CiLAB
Lifestyle & Design Cluster is the national Danish Cluster for innovation within the lifestyle sector. We work with more than 220+ Danish brands within textiles, fashion, interior and furniture design assisting them in implementing circular economy principles, digitalisation and innovation. We have several projects concerning “green transformation” where brands deep dive into their business model seeking for a focus area to improve e.g. materials, services etc. We also work with blockchain with researches in order for the supply chain of brands to become traceable. All our projects are performed with our consortium partners; universities and research institutes both on a national and EU-plan. One of our current priorities are circularity within textiles and how we can play a lead role in transforming the current way to a future circular and sustainable model. We find your initiative super important and relevant for the current time. We’re glad to be a part of this journey.
Circularity, through secondhand purchasing for myself and my artwork, has been a part of my life for decades. I use discarded clothing to create ecologically friendly art pieces and through them, strive to communicate the need to respect and appreciate our environment. “Crazy- a Contemporary Quilt About Fashion’s Pressing Problems” is an ongoing collaborative project. While learning the slow craft of embroidery, I invite participants to engage in conversation about the environment and garment workers rights, I have conducted residencies, workshops and “embroidering in public,” throughout the USA and internationally. Art crosses the barriers of language and can be a powerful tool to engage the public in this conversation.
Georgia L Rowswell
The New Fashion Initiative (TNFI) is a 501c3 non-profit organisation empowering cross-sectional collaboration that is working to lessen the environmental impact of the fashion industry. They work directly with academics, designers, businesses, and other non-profits to bring circular solutions to fashion’s broken system. The organisation exists: to collaborate with academics, nonprofits, and brands, to share research, and convene stakeholders to learn from each other’s work. It is one of the leading organisations in the US focused on taking action and tackling the problems within the fashion industry. TNFI is headquartered in NYC and Seattle.
Ereks-Blue Matters is creating a new business model by implementing responsible practices for the denim supply chain through our design-cutting-sewing-washing units with a digitalisation vision which allows us to monitor materials, impacts and outcomes more efficiently. We are committed to build a circular system by establishing our recycling facility in the near future and we are looking for collaborations with brands, fabric producers, chemical experts, collectors and sorting companies to create a future without waste in every operation possible.
Project Plan B is a commitment to circularity in the textiles industry. Our circular system allows responsibility to be taken for the whole of a garments life cycle; our take back agreement enables garments to be recycled back into raw materials ready to form the yarn of new garments once again.
We are involved in making products with all fiber, threads, sample knits, fabrics that we have now in the workshop and in the future, and we make alliances with organizations, enterprises, artisans to get their waste materials which in turn, continue to make our products. Also, we will only buy a low percentage of alpaca, wool and organic cotton.
FARFARM develops fashion supply chains with added value that regenerate nature and promote social development through natural materials and regenerative agriculture. Our take is to look into ecosystem services through methods to become climate positive. Agroforestry is a system that mimics nature and combines the production of crops and forest plants simultaneously or sequentially on the same unit of land, and applies a set of management practices that are compatible with the cultural practices of the local population. Since 2017, FARFARM has been introducing the concept of Textile Agroforestry.
Dhoonki is a conscious and organic clothing brand for women, from the house of MU-SH Fashions. At Dhoonki we use 100% organic cotton and bio fabrics to ensure we are encouraging people to embrace sustainability. We are committed to take back our clothes anytime after 12 months from day of purchase and in return we promise green points to our consumers. We also plant a tree every time someone shops at Dhoonki. These initiatives at Dhoonki are to encourage consumers to adopt conscious shopping practices for a greener tomorrow.
Flanders DC and Circular Flanders have developed a tool to guide fashion entrepreneurs towards a more sustainable way of working. With this online platform we encourage the industry to steer clear of a linear system (take-make-waste) and to embrace a more circular approach instead (with a focus on durability and avoiding waste). The platform contains over 350 inspring cases, business strategies on circular economy and hands on tips and tricks for companies on sourcing, design, production to the end of life phase. After launching the platform in 2015, Close The Loop grew into a broader programme with an intensive one-year coaching programme, one-on-one-advise for fashion companies, workshops, talks and a Facebook community.
Sulochana is an eight decade old organisation, which is the largest producer of Melange out of India. We recycled 5 Million PET bottles every day in Polyester Staple fibre. Every day we recycle approximately 100 tonnes of Post consumer PET bottles into fibre. We are also actively working on recycling Post industrial waste into yarn, mixing them with recycled Polyester and successfully completed the Pilot run on recycling Post Consumer Clothing into yarn. Not only are our products sustainable but so is our process. 100% of our energy is from renewable energy sources (94% Wind / 6% Solar). With our unique dyeing technology, we are able to dye Polyester fibre without a single drop of water, which does not leave any effluents.
COSE361 is committed to develop product&raw material processing hub in France in collaboration with EU players. We already work with a mechanical recycler in their R&D and partnership development. We also raise awareness and consortium within brand&retailers in France. We have sharing with Refashion in the matter.
rén collective is an Italian non-profit organisation supporting fashion brands, emerging designers and SMEs in their path to sustainability. We create educational contents and network opportunities for industry players to implement their sustainability practises to become more circular.
We make bio-circular fashion launching in 2021. We are building an ecosystem that marries the worlds of Science and Design.
“Less Bullshit. More Good Shit” – is the Yellow Octopus Group motto.
We are the ‘Pay Pal’ of the fashion industry end of use. Stock Exits / Take Back / Re-commerce / Upcycling – you name it. We do it.
We are a group of entrepreneurs and innovators who instead of constantly talking about what the problem is, focus on finding commercially viable solutions.
Through our core business we work directly with leading global fashion brands and retailers.
We are also major investors in break through solutions such as Reflaunt and reGAIN app.
As our most recent initiative, in partnership with PDS, a $1.2B fashion supply chain powerhouse, we have created the ‘PDS & Yellow Octopus Impact Fund’ to facilitate the building of a Circular Fashion Ecosystem.
HempAge ecological mission is to increase the textile use of hemp. Hemp shows an environmental friendly footprint that other textile fibers are not able to reach.
Hemp is not only a soil conditioner it also includes naturally pesticides and herbicides.
Its high quality wearing characteristics come from antibacterial and moisture exchange properties.
From the beginning, post industrial recycling is an important component of our DNA.
HempAge recycles the cutting waste of preceding productions.
In research and development we constantly work for making sustainable and ecological clothes more essential, for a greener future for next generations.
Circularity by 2050 will be reached by not forgetting about natural fibers and resources in our modern world.
Those have the potential to capture huge amounts of CO2 and store it in valuable long lasting products, which cannot only be recycled but downcycled over several steps each time into products which also have a long life circle.
Khushi Kantha creates ultra-soft, multi-purpose baby blankets, hand-stitched from reclaimed cotton by mothers from the communities hosting the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. Khushi Kantha contributes to the circular economy by promoting a shift from ‘take-make-waste’ ‘reclaim-repurpose-reuse’. Our children will inherit the planet – we want to pass it down to them in the best state possible. ‘Kantha’ (which translates as “stitched cloth”) refers to the tradition of mothers crafting blankets for their babies by stitching together their old saris. It is also the name given to the traditional embroidery stitch that is applied over the top. ‘Kantha’ can also simply mean ‘blanket’. ‘Khushi’ is the Bengali term for ‘happy’ – ‘Khushi Kantha’ therefore means ‘Happy Blanket’. Khushi Kantha repurposes the ‘kantha’ tradition, reserving the reclaimed saris for the inside layers of our blankets, and sourcing deadstock cotton fabric for the outside, to which the traditional ‘kantha’ embroidery stitch is applied. Bangladesh is famous for its garments industry. Lots of fabric sadly ends up getting wasted at various stages of the supply chain. This is a particular challenge the industry is facing right now, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. We want to collaborate with like-minded companies to rescue this fabric from landfill.
Africa Collects Textile (ACT) is a social enterprise founded in Nairobi, Kenya in 2014 and has expanded to Lagos, Nigeria in 2021. ACT promotes a circular economy for fashion by collecting and sorting used textiles and footwear for resale, reuse, upcycling. Materials are looped back into the value chain to manage waste from fast fashion and second hand clothes while safeguarding the environment.
Recovo is a B2B resale marketplace where clothing brands can buy and sell surplus fabrics from past collections. Thanks to technology (AI) and the power of the community we promote the circular economy in the fashion Industry by creating connections between brands globally and reducing textile waste. We have partnered up with Bcome a sustainability platform that analyses the impact of each of our fabrics. So we can measure the impact of reusing. Our commitment: save more than 5K million liters of water (SDG 6), prevent more than 54 K tons of textiles from going to landfill (SDG 12) and improve our customers’ net margin by 15% (SDG 17). and improve our customers’ net margin by 15% (SDG 17). We educate our community on sustainability values through our platform and social networks (SDG 8). and social media (SDG 8)
AG Textiles Studio is the only fully sustainable fashion and textile agency based between London and Devon, UK. After years of travelling the world, we have found the most innovative, beautifully crafted, planet friendly fabrics and trims. From sourcing material to ethical production processes and radical transparency, our ethics are Fair Trade certified collections and Environmental Sustainability. We are proudly working with the British Fashion Council on mentoring designers on sustainable sourcing. Also a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Textiles and Fashion (UK), we show our collections at all the international textiles fairs, including PV Paris and NYC, Munich Fabric Start , Pitti Florence, Future fabrics Expo from the sustainable angle and Milano Unica. Our mills certification and advanced technology includes: The Global Organic Textile Standard – GOTS The Better Cotton Initiative – BCI STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® Global Recycle Standard – GRS ECOTEC® SEAQUAL® RECOVER® Fairtrade Certified Business Social Compliance Initiative – BSCI A8000 PETA APPROVED VEGAN Bluesign® EU Eco Label DAKKS UN Global Compact USDA organic miDori® bio finishes from Switzerland SDA certified bio based product Lenzing Reach Bluesign Seaqual Seacell Fair Wear Foundation Fair Labor Association Repreve Econyl® Biobased Sustainable and Certified Fabrics, DESSERTO bio-based vegan leather, plant based and organic denim, eco/organic trims , craddle to craddle packaging, and more from: Italy, Portugal, UK, Turkey , Germany, Switzerland, Mexico and Japan. Working with womenswear, mens, outwear, athleisure, technical garments, underwear, accessories.. I am launching 2 brands in 2021: 1 fully up-cycled collection with dead stock hangers and fabrics from mills , made in London, UK 2 bio based vegan leather brand of accessories and shoes, made in Italy I am also co founder at RoundRack , in proof of concept stage working with stakeholders across the industry, academia and brands in the UK and Europe. Excited to be a part of this!
Alessia Gotti, Founder & Creative Director, AG TEXTILES STUDIO
Whilst the world’s media has focused on fast fashion and the need for sustainable fashion, footwear brands have avoided the spotlight. But the stark facts behind footwear pollution are of the same magnitude, if not greater. We manufacture 25 BILLION pairs of shoes every year, FIFTY BILLION individual shoes which includes 3 billion pairs of synthetic flip-flops per annum. Every single one heading to landfill or the environment at end-of-life. Each pair weighs between 0.5-1kg creating millions of tonnes to sit in landfill. The volume is growing 20% every decade – that’s another 10 billion extra linear throwaway shoes by 2030. To put this into context the world production of apparel is only 100 billion items per annum. The athletic footwear market alone is worth around $50bn – but close to zero is being spent on environmental initiatives and circularity. Before it’s too late, we launched the Circular Footwear Initiative. The planet cannot absorb fifty to sixty billion shoes per year. We need footwear to disassemble, be repairable, be repurposed and to expand when a child grows. We need materials and componentry which can be refashioned, restructured and if all else fails, recycled. At the very least, in the short term, footwear needs to be compostable, and by that we mean certified compostable, not some greenwash mythical biodegradation. We are gathering together some of the greatest minds in circularity alongside circular fashion and footwear experts and industrial designers. We are planning a series of events and roundtables to encourage debate and sharing of information. We are working with manufacturers of footwear and componentry whilst inviting other major brands to do the same. We’re excited to be working with some real pioneers on the supply side.
Re-Fresh Global aims to create an innovative post-consumer textile waste management system for cities, based on circular economy principles. We believe that Smart Cities of today should turn into Circular Cities with publicly accessible sustainability centers.
I have been campaigning for and raising awareness of a Circular fashion economy for several years through SustFashWales. I have recently started a PhD in sustainable fashion education where I will be undertaking a 4 year creative practice intervention within primary schools teaching the creative approaches for responsible and circular design and consumption.
Helen O’Sullivan, SustFashWales
At MUD Jeans we believe there is an alternative to fast fashion, and circularity is it. We are proud to be part of this important initiative in order to collectively continue to strive for a new circular fashion industry.
Individuals – the Circular Textiles Heroes
The individual players who we want to recognise for their daily impact.
Why is circularity important to you?
Orsola de Castro : ‘Circularity is an innate system that needs to be re-designed into the lives of consumers who have been swindled by brands’ overproduction. We must look at our heritage, and at each other, for knowledge, inspiration and solidarity. Circularity and longevity should be default, not something to look forward to’.
Mike McGrory : ‘I view circularity as an opportunity for the global economy to shift to a local living economy. By using regenerative, repurposed, and natural bio-degradable input materials textile manufacturers have a great opportunity to be more aligned with the natural world and help to solve our resource depletion and climate issues’.
Dr Kate Goldsworthy: ‘Quite simply, without Circularity, there is no sustainability. Our planetary resources are finite and the only way we can conceivably provide for ourselves in the future is to make better use of what we have in circulation already. We are finally seeing real technological progress that can get us there – a future with renewable and abundant resources for all’.
Margot Chevalier: “We need to set in place a circular supply chain management throughout Europe, look at all the different amounts of industrial, leftovers and post-consumer textile waste. I am researching the improvement of mechanical recycling processes for mixed post-consumer textile waste (thereafter chemical recycling is needed for the remaining textile waste)”
Tamsin Lejeune: “True circularity means slowing fashion down, so that we produce less and value it more. Circularity can only be impactful if it is aligned with fundamental change to the current status quo, in which low cost, throwaway fashion is sold in high volumes. Aligned with a reset to the volume fashion business model, circularity has the potential to transform our industry, curbing its current devastating impact on the planet and driving value for all stakeholders in the supply chain”
Lynn Wilson: “In 1765, Glasgow, Scotland, James Watt invented new mechanisms for the steam engine accelerating the industrial revolution. As a citizen of Scotland, it is my duty to work towards reversing the industrial system that Watt inadvertently enabled and change the current linear system to a circular neo-animist citizen culture.”
Angelo Gagliardi: “We have continually designed systems to have hard boundaries, where outside these boundaries things are simply not our problem. It’s time we look outside our convenient box and start doing things correctly, efficiently, and effectively. In this day and age we have all the visibility, technology and collective interest to do better.”
Bettina Hobson: “As a supply chain professional and recent graduate in the business of fashion, I have observed waste in many different ways. Sustainable Supply chains and waste management are the foundations of circularity. We must educate the end consumer and push brands to fix their product development processes.”
Daniel Cornish: “Circularity is important because it changes the conversation of a linear economy and could potentially close the loop on waste – in a fashion context this is important to me.”
Traci Kinden : “Circularity makes humans and our planet just as important as profit. We cannot accept anything less. This is the only way forward.”
Shamini Dhana : “Circularity embodies the essence of how our natural ecosystems operate – designed without waste and pollution. In the same vein, humans coexist with nature and need to mirror our own creations as reflected in the principles of circularity to honor ourselves, people and planet.”
Garvit Sahdev: “I have spent 8 years studying textiles and working in the industry. I know how bad it is for the environment. Trying to find a solution I did my dissertation in Implications of CE on Indian Textile Industry and ended up founding Infinite X – India’s Circular Fashion Platform.”
Ludmila Haring : “We should change how our products are designed, produced and used. In last months I learned a lot about sustainability, read many reports or publications. I feel the need to become a part of the story towards better and more sustainable future. and also help other fashion professionals in transit to circular economy.”
Jan Merckx: “This world has passed its limits and if we intend to stay on it, we better start transitioning in an accelerated pace to a circular economy, reusing our materials in an energy neutral way advancing wellbeing of all people. And textiles touch each and every one of us.”
Laurent Fang: “Being in the textile industry for 10 years makes me understand we must change how we do business right now. Otherwise, our children will suffer and may not be able to live on Earth with clean water, trees, and oceans. I will keep putting my effort in changing the industry.”
Imran Asghar: “As an Textile professional i feel we must act as much as responsible utilization of Nature resources and reduce environmental impact. Hence very important to promote product that can reuse, recycle, and have full circularity. By doing this not only we can protect environment & save natural resources which ultimate beneficial for next generation.”
Amey Padma: “Circularity means sustainability in textiles supply chain towards : wastage, carbon footprints, social, ethical and environmental practices. Ultimately the aim must be zero raw material requirements for future 2050 for any apparel or any textile products. All to be made out of waste or the product itself so the world will be free from all textile wastage”
Minna Nurmisalo: “I have been enthusiastic about clothes since I lived in Milan as a child and later became a fashion designer from the UK. I continued my Master’s in Tech in Finland and went for an exchange year in Chile. I believe you have the magic key to a sustainable future, which will impact the industry – globally. It will be a privilege to be a part of this all.”
Dario Diaz: “I have both a professional and personal interest on CE. I have worked on the sustainability arena for several years, both on key corporations and most recently on consultancy. From a personal viewpoint, I’m deeply concerned on the current state of affairs in regards to planetary boundaries and the traditional way of doing business.”
Isabel Willshaw : “I refashion donated clothes and am committed to mending and reusing items that are otherwise destined for landfill. Humanity has no choice but to limit our consumption and find good ways to conserve and value what we have. We owe this to future generations.“
Bukra Kalaycı : “It is what life is. Instead of living against life itself, we should change our way of living in order to adapt the natural cycle, including the fashion sector which I am working for.”
AMC Newton : “It’s part of care for our common home, planet earth. After being part of the fashion & textiles ‘industry’ for many years, and being a part of an extractive culture, I really want to be a part of the change for the better this business is undergoing! Circularity is a mindset shift!“
Rachael Wickenden : “I want to work for a world where we are not exhausting the planet’s precious resources, exploiting people in the process and making increasing portions of the world uninhabitable through climate change and loss of natural habits.“
Cyndi Rhoades: “The world needs it more than ever!”
Tom Keaveney : “Without it, we will leave less for future generations.”
Craig Cohon : “It’s the only hope we have for a future commercial society that works”
Nicholas Brown : “Saving the planet is the number 1 priority.“
Marianne Freund: “Design products that can have many lives in order to preserve planet resources and give new employment to eradicate inequality.“
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