A cross-sectional partnership to achieve a long-term, scalable transition to a circular fashion system
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 circular commercial collaborations between 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 deadstock.
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.
The partnership consists 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: GFA, Reserve Resources and BGMEA are involved in the realisation of the initiative and support participants throughout.
Workstream One: Circular Fashion Business Waste 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 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.
Over 30 renowned fashion brands, manufacturers and recyclers are collaborating in the Circular Fashion Partnership.
Bershka, Bestseller, C&A, Gina Tricot, Grey State, H&M Group, Kmart Australia, Marks & Spencer, OVS, Pull & Bear, Peak Performance and Target Australia
Amantex, Asrotex Group, Auko-tex Group, Aurum Sweaters, Beximco, Bitopi Group (Tarasima), Composite Knitting Industry Ltd., Crystal International Group Limited, Echotex, , Fakir Knitwear, GSM, J.M. Fabrics, Knit Asia, MAS Intimates, Ratul Group (Knitwear & Fabric), Salek Textiles, S. B Knite Composite (Sankura Dyeing and Garments) and the Northern Group
Birla Cellulose, BlockTexx, Cyclo, Infinited Fiber Company, Malek Spinning Mills, Marchi & Fildi Spa, Lenzing AG, Recovertex, Renewcell, Saraz Fibre Tech, Usha Yarns Limited and Worn Again Technologies
Circular Fashion Event
In November 2020, we marked the launch of the 2020 CIRCULARITY FASHION SYSTEM COMMITMENT Final Report which concludes the progress made by signatories towards their targets set in 2017, highlighting key activities, barriers and initiatives. During the launch event, we also kicked off the new Circular Fashion Partnership in Bangladesh.
Re-watch the circular fashion event here:
Learn More and Get involved
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.
Additionally, GFA is engaging stakeholders in Bangladesh, policy makers and investors. E-mail email@example.com to express interest and learn more.
You can also check out our FAQ page here.