Circularity in the textile and fashion industry means closing the loops in production thus making brands responsible for collecting and processing as much as they produce to maintain textile resources in circulation. Besides, safe circularity requires all materials to be free from hazardous chemicals and ready for reuse and safe recycling. A report by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation shows that the clothing sector is far away from being circular: 97 per cent of the fibers are sourced from virgin feedstock, whereas only 1% originates from closed-loop recycling and 2% from recycled feedstock from other industries. Read out posts to learn more about what is preventing the circularity in textile and garment industry and what can be done inside and outside the supply chain to address the problem.
Consumers regularly dispose of clothing and garments due to various reasons, such as sizing issues, the need for tailoring or to keep up with ever-changing fashion trends. Majority of clothing and other textiles disposed of globally unfortunately end up in landfills, which are often not managed safely or sustainably.→ →