WHAT IS THE CIRCULAR FASHION PARTNERSHIP?
The Circular Fashion Partnership is a cross-sectorial project led by Global Fashion Agenda with project partners Reverse Resources and BGMEA, to accelerate the transition to a circular fashion industry, by demonstrating a Circular Fashion Business Case in Bangladesh. The project is made possible in collaboration with P4G.
The partnership is currently open to join & facilitates collaborations between major global fashion brands, textile and garment manufacturers and recyclers to develop and implement new systems to capture and direct post-production fashion waste back into the production of new fashion products. In addition, the partnership tests solutions for the COVID-19 related pile-up of excess stock.
A successful business case will demonstrate a decrease in textile waste and increase the use of recycled fibres, distributing value throughout the fashion value cycle and generating economic benefits in Bangladesh by accelerating the fibre recycling market.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE
JOIN THE PARTNERSHIP
All brands and manufacturers working in Bangladesh & global recycling solutions are eligible to join the Circular Fashion Partnership. There is no cost for participation, but participants are required to contribute moreover their team’s time and expertise and to collaborate.
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to request a Brand / Manufacturer or Recycler Memorandum of Understanding that outlines the activities, roles & responsibilities.
The partnership consists out of two workstreams and participants choose to work on either or both. Participants initially commit to stage 1. Once that stage has been completed, stage 2 will be explored. Three core partners are involved in the realisation of the initiative and support participants throughout.
WORKSTREAM ONE: CIRCULAR FASHION WASTE BUSINESS MODEL
Scaling up the circular production of new garments made from post-production waste streams such as textile scraps in Bangladesh.
Stage 1: Traceability and recapturing of waste streams
Manufacturers in Bangladesh work together with partner brands and with support of Reverse Resources to set up segregation of waste cuttings within their facility. Manufacturers sell contamination-free, higher-value waste at a premium price through a streamlined handling process. The waste streams are matched with a recycling solution, offering a ‘one-stop-solution’ with traceability to all involved parties.
Stage 2: Circulating waste back into the value chain
After the waste streams are rerouted to recycling solutions, project participants will evaluate the opportunity to circulate these waste streams back into production. The material price will be moderate (not exceeding virgin), fully traceable and at the highest achievable quality. Product samples can be developed, and testing performed as per brand participants requirements.
Workstream Two: Circular Fashion Stock Marketplace
Co-create and implement a Circular Fashion Stock Marketplace solution for deadstock fabrics and potentially overstock garments piled up as a result of COVID-19 in Bangladesh.
Stage 1: Identifying challenge & opportunity
Brands, manufacturers, recyclers, agents, warehouses and for instance waste handlers based in Bangladesh provide insights through an (when preferred anonymous) survey on the current deadstock and overstock build-up. Interviews are conducted and data is gathered to map & analyse the current situation, identifying challenges and initial solutions.
Stage 2: Identifying business case & designing solution for scale
Marketplace solutions are developed and tested with project participants. Matchmaking sessions are planned to trial trades and understand the business value of the solutions.
Circular Fashion Event
In November 2020, we marked the launch of the 2020 Circularity Fashion System Commitment Final Report and kicked off the new Circular Fashion Partnership in Bangladesh.
This year marked the closing of our 2020 Circular Fashion System Commitment, a three-year commitment launched during Copenhagen Fashion Summit 2017, as a call on the fashion industry to take action on circularity by signing a commitment as a concrete way to turn words into action. 86 signatories, representing 12.5% of the global fashion market set targets against a four-action point framework over the course of the commitment. The Final Report, reveals the progress made, key learnings and major barriers the industry currently faces.
During the launch event, we also kicked off our new Circular Fashion Partnership, a cross-sectorial project lead by Global Fashion Agenda made possible by P4G with project partner Reverse Resources, BGMEA, textile and garment manufacturers, recyclers and major fashion brands operating in Bangladesh. The mission of the partnership is to support the development of the recycling industry in Bangladesh by capturing and directing post-production fashion waste back into the production of new fashion products.
For more information about the Circular Fashion Project contact Project Manager Sandra Gonza: email@example.com.
Re-watch the circular fashion event here.