Which type of careless customer only keeps clothes for a few weeks before chucking them out when they’re barely worn? You’ve guessed it: babies. Even though the negative impacts of the fashion industry are becoming increasingly well understood, babies, toddlers and children of all ages just won’t budge. They buy new stuff, wear it just a few times and then decide they’ve had enough.
A new textiles economy: Re-designing fashion’s future presents a radical rethink for the fashion and textiles industries – breaking away from the outdated practices that have led them to become a major source of pollution and waste. The vision explores how pioneering business models, new materials and innovative design can move those industries towards a system in which clothing lasts longer, is easier to recycle and does not release toxins or pollution.
The circular economy has become a priority for state authorities and businesses across Europe. However, most organisations that want to embrace the circular economy cannot achieve fully it by themselves. While cooperation between different entities to achieve a higher goal is certainly not new, everyone can agree that there are problems to overcome and agreements to be made.