Today’s linear “take, make, dispose” economic model is reaching its limits. As a result, natural resources are becoming increasingly scarce, threatening the future growth of a dependent fashion industry. A circular system can restore and regenerate materials.
In addition to providing opportunities to reduce environmental pressures and curb the demand on natural resources, the circular model can secure future supplies while at the same time, capture the greatest value of a product.
The aim of this toolbox is to gather key insights from brands, organisations, companies and researchers to prompt engagement and action amongst fashion brands. By exploring different ways to design closed-loop products and ultimately redefine the life cycle of garments.
The toolboxes highlight external resources and guides that can provide additional insights and useful tips for fashion brands and retailers looking to explore circularity within their company. This toolbox represents a starting point for this particular process and also acts as further inspiration for those companies who have already embarked on their circular journey.
To create a circular fashion system, there are three essential aspects: (i) set up collection systems; (ii) integrate circular design; and (iii) consider how to manage end-of-use of garments. Practices that extend product usage, for example resale, or through recycling worn-out garments and incorporating recycled post-consumer fibres into the production of new garments make this possible.