Today sees the release of the first annual 2020 Circular Fashion System Commitment (2020 Commitment) status report. Its first year focused on getting fashion brands and retailers to take action on circularity by setting concrete and measurable targets. By June 2018, 94 companies had committed and submitted 206 targets spread across four action points, with most targets set on circular design (58%), followed by garment collection (49%) and recycling (46%), and the fewest set on reuse (24%).
Circular design is trending
Circular design is trending among the 2020 Commitment signatories, with nearly two-thirds of them setting a combined 84 circular design targets, making it the action point with the most targets. Representing a broad range of market segments and price points, they highlighted the central role that design and development plays in creating products that can be looped back into the fashion system and that this area needs further exploration, both at company and industry level. The circular design targets show four general tendencies: Training in circular design, integrating circularity in design briefs, sourcing of monofibres and promoting customer care and repair.
Collection and recycling also top of mind
Collection and recycling are also high on signatories’ mind. No less than 49% have set 50 targets on increasing the volume of used garments and footwear collected. Small and large brands and retailers have shown commitment to this action point, but they only represent the low- to mid-priced segments. The garment collection targets show four main tendencies: Expanding existing garment collection schemes, establishing new collection schemes and engaging customers to increase collection volumes.
Increasing the use of recycled post-consumer textiles fibres is also a priority, with 46% having set 47 recycling targets. The companies span across market and price segments, highlighting a broad interest in finding solutions to address post-consumer textile waste both in their own product ranges and at industry level. The recycling targets show two primary tendencies: Sourcing of recycled fibres and investing in technology.
With a mere 24% of the signatories setting 25 reuse targets, it is the action point with the fewest targets. Only a few companies had a functioning resale channel prior to signing the commitment and many have now set targets ondeveloping new platforms and partnerships to increase the volume of used products resold. The reuse targets show three main tendencies: Expanding existing resale channels, developing new resale channelsand establishing partnerships with resellers
Download the 2020 Commitment Status Report.