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HOW WE ACCELERATE CIRCULARITY

Introduction

Systemic industry change is critical for a sustainable fashion industry. We believe in the potential of circular systems to form inclusive and supportive infrastructures for sustainability.

To guide and mobilise the industry to act boldly on circularity, GFA facilitates action-oriented targets, supportive tools and on-the-ground projects.

2020 Commitment status report: Year 1

COMMITTING TO CHANGE

This is the first status report of the 2020 Commitment which covers the first year of the commitment from 2017-2018. The report focuses on the targets and strategies set by the signatories—keeping in mind that future reports will focus on the actions taken to reach those targets.

The report aims to provide an overview of how far companies have come since signing the 2020 Commitment, but also functions as a platform to share experiences of working with circularity in the fashion industry. The report identifies companies that have not lived up to the commitment’s requirements, but it does not compare the individual efforts of companies.

2020 Commitment status report: Year 2

A CALL TO ACTION

During the 2017 Copenhagen Fashion Summit, Global Fashion Agenda called on the fashion industry to take action on circularity by signing a commitment as a concrete way of turning words into action. The goal was to increase the number of fashion brands and retailers taking action on circularity with the aim of accelerating the industry’s transition to a circular fashion system.

To monitor progress, we requested these brands to monitor their progress through an annual status report. The Status Report is composed of feedback that signatories gave in a mandatory annual survey, as well as a voluntary group and one-on-one discussions.

Signatories

Targets

Circular Design Toolbox

CONTENT

This toolbox functions as a starting point for fashion brands and retailers seeking to  explore circular design within their company. Its overarching intention is to inform and inspire key departments within a company. This includes management, design and marketing, with the ultimate goal of enhancing a company’s understanding of the critical role design plays in creating a circular fashion system.

PURPOSE

The aim of this toolbox is to gather key insights from brands, organisations, companies and researchers to prompt engagement and action amongst fashion brands. The focus is on finding ways to design closed-loop products that can be looped back into the fashion system by ultimately redefine the life cycle of garments. Throughout the toolbox, we point to external resources and guides that can provide further support, insights and knowhow.

SUMMARY

The toolbox is divided into six sections for different departments to easily navigate the different processes associated with each phase:

1. Becoming informed introduces the role of circular design and outlines calls for action.

2. Creating a circular design strategy explores why circular design is strategically sound and outlines how to develop targets.

3. Designing circular products dives deeper into the different approaches to circular design.

4. Marketing circular products examines the role of labelling and marketing for a circular design to be successful.

5. Evaluating the circular product & process provides tips on how to evaluate the success of your circular design and how to identify improvement levers.

6. The road ahead explores roadblocks to circular design.

DID YOU KNOW:

50% OF USED TEXTILES ARE DISCARDED IN THE EUROPEAN UNION

Garment collection toolbox

CONTENT

This toolbox focuses on how to increase the volume of collected used garments. While not necessarily the most relevant starting point for all signatories, nor the most important step towards creating a circular fashion system, this is an essential and simple step to take.

PURPOSE

The toolbox is designed to support fashion brands and retailers who would like to set up a garment collection scheme. Although primarily created as a practical guide on how to set up such a scheme, the toolbox doubles as further inspiration for those who have already taken action.

SUMMARY

The toolbox is divided into five key steps: becoming informed, planning, communication, implementation and evaluation. This will help you match key insights with the relevant departments in your company. Each section includes learnings as well as examples of other brands’ approaches.

This guide provides tips on how to: onboard top management; find the collection model and partner(s) that works for you; navigate local regulation; inform and motivate your staff ; engage and incentivise your customers; evaluate your impact; and lastly, respond to criticism.

DID YOU KNOW:

Every year , over 4 million tons of textiles are incinerated or landfilled in the EUROPEAN UNION

Resale Toolbox

CONTENT

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.

PURPOSE

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.

SUMMARY

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.

COLLECTIVELY, WE CAN:

Reposition clothing resale from a fringe to a mainstream activity

Textile Recycling Toolbox

CONTENT

Reutilising products at the end of use is crucial to become circular and can be done by extending the life of a product or recycling it. Although textile recycling is still in its infancy, it is essential to establish a support system that can transform recycling into a financially, technically and logistically lucrative operation. Furthermore, this kind of system can become a feasible way to increase the share of garments made from recycled post-consumer textiles fibres.

PURPOSE

This toolbox functions as a tool to support fashion brands and retailers seeking to increase the share of recycled post-consumer textile fibres in their production. In this toolbox, textile recycling refers only to the recycling of post-consumer garments and footwear into new fibres to be used for future clothing or shoe production.

SUMMARY

Today, many garments are composed of synthetic and natural materials, which means they require different recycling methods. Loosely translated, this makes recycling more complex, and also increasingly difficult.

For instance, chemical recycling entails materials that are chemically processed to produce new filaments that will be later transformed into new yarns and fabrics. Mechanical recycling involves mechanically cutting and shredding fabrics to deconstruct them into reusable fibres and materials.

BEST PRACTICE:

View old textiles as a resource, not waste

Close CFS+ Programme
13th October Day 2
  • 3:00 - 4:15 PM CEST
    CFS Originals

    CFS Originals are pre-produced segments created by Global Fashion Agenda; they will take you behind the scenes, where you can meet the creative minds shaping our industry. CFS Originals is designed to provide entertainment, engagement, and education for all viewers.

    Click below to add the full 3:00 - 4:15 PM CEST Originals segment to your calendar, and scroll down to learn about each segment of CFS Originals.

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    Gucci President and CEO, Marco Bizzarri, is one of our industry’s leaders driving change. Having launched the CEO Carbon Neutral Challenge late last year, he’s making bold commitments for Gucci - and leading by example with Gucci's own climate strategy. Eva Kruse will virtually meet Marco Bizzarri for an honest conversation about value, nature, tackling the climate crisis in the wake of COVID-19 and what’s needed next.

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    Fashion is fun, fabulous and fancy, but did you know that fashion is also closely linked to biodiversity? This explainer explores the substantial negative impact that the fashion industry has had on the total variety of life on Earth, known as biodiversity. From there, it goes one step further by explaining how fashion can evolve from being part of the problem to being part of the solution – by highlighting different solutions.

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    Together with her Co-Founder Amrit Kumar, Mriga Kapadiya is the Co-Founder, Creative Director and CEO of NORBLACK NORWHITE, a women-led, creative house and fashion label based in India. Systematic transformation drives Mriga Kapadiya’s Real Talk message, which celebrates the grey space of culture through style by shifting corporate success to a holistic approach.

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    High volume fashion and planetary boundaries collide in an important conversation, framed by the theme Redesigning Value, from two different stakeholder positions; Helena Helmersson, CEO of H&M Group, meets Professor Johan Rockström, Director of Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. This intimate and in-depth discussion takes place in Helena’s summer house in the Swedish forest.

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    Can the idea of equal partnerships change the industry mindset and advance collective progress? This explainer digs deeper into two different types of supply chain partnerships: Transactional vs. Relationship based. Watch and learn what it takes for the industry to shape a common future stitched solidly together with trust and equal partnerships.

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    Mostafiz Uddin, Managing Director of Denim Expert Ltd. and Founder and CEO of Bangladesh Apparel Exchange (BAE) will be representing the voice, culture and experience of millions of garment makers and factory owners during the pandemic. Mostafiz Uddin is meeting Eva Kruse in this essential discussion about equal partnerships and how to build mutually beneficial relationships.

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    As one of the strongest voices on the need for equal partnerships in the value chain, Delman Lee, President and Chief Technology Officer of TAL Apparel Limited joins Eva Kruse for a conversation on what needs to change in the relationship between buyers and manufacturers to accelerate sustainability. This discussion will also go deeper into understanding how to forge better and more mutually rewarding partnerships.

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    As her namesake brand Ahluwalia, which is known for exploring vintage and deadstock clothing, Priya Ahluwalia’s understanding of the industry’s circularity challenge drives this segment. Watch her incorporate stunning design elements from her dual Indian-Nigerian heritage and London roots with ground-breaking new labelling tech.

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    Clare Farrell is a full-time Activist and Campaigner based in London and one of the Founders of Extinction Rebellion. Leadership, honesty and ancestry of planet Earth are all featured topics here, while a devotion to personal liberty drives this Real Talk through power imbalance and climate collapse.

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    Under the headline theme of Redesigning Value, we’ve invited a diverse community of global fashion leaders to share their insight, experience and pioneering perspective. All 62 carefully selected voices from around the world are given the same set of questions for thoughtful responses.

    The Next Gen Voices format, presented by Pandora, gathers a varied collection of thoughts and viewpoints from a selected group of previous Youth Fashion Summit participants. The Youth Fashion Summit is an international sustainability platform for fashion students, founded in 2012 by Global Fashion Agenda.

    Every year, this growing community convenes to generate ideas and demands to the industry, and here within Next Gen Voices, the same spirit remains from a selection of passionate young leaders.

    Take a deep breath and find your center with Nike Master Trainer Branden Collinsworth as he leads the CFS+ community through a guided meditation, crafted to provide a moment of reflection and intention-setting.

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  • 4:15 - 5:50 PM CEST
    PLENARY
    Category
    #climatechange

    Global Fashion Agenda and McKinsey & Company launched the Fashion on Climate report, concluding that if the fashion industry continues on its current path, it will miss the 2030 emissions reduction targets by 50%, thus generating twice the volume of carbon emissions required to reach the Paris Agreement.

    The Fashion on Climate report provides the underlying foundation for discussing this topic, and the panel will offer dynamic interaction, demystifying numbers and terminology while encouraging an open, organic exchange between participants.

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    Category
    #systemchange #consumption

    The Covid-19 pandemic has underscored that the fashion industry system is broken – with overproduction, excessive discounting and an unsustainable calendar ill-suited to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. How can key players within the system collaborate to re-imagine how the industry can operate within planetary boundaries and be more inclusive and humane?

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  • 4:15 – 6:15 PM CEST
    ROUNDTABLE [BY INVITATION ONLY]
    Category
    #redesign #equality

    The German EU Presidency has informally expressed a wish for “a smart mix of voluntary and mandatory measures and a smart mix of governmental and entrepreneurial measures” in the harmonisation of due diligence standards in the EU. The European Commission is also drafting a legislative proposal, with a draft report ongoing at the European Parliament level.

    This roundtable aims to better understand these wishes and to provide initial input from the industry to EU institutions.

  • 5:55 – 6:25 PM CEST
    BREAKOUTS I - CHOOSE ONE BELOW TO ATTEND
    Category
    #newmaterials #redesign

    Tap into how the creation of a 100% 3D printed sneaker was conceived and made possible despite limitations posed by the pandemic – through a cross-border collaborative effort from Creative Director Heron Preston (New York), Designer Daniel Bailey (London) and Engineer Cornelius Schmitt (Hamburg).

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    Category
    #systemchange #redesign

    How can the fashion sector grow out of growth and transition to a world of LESS? The authors of Earth Logic, Professors Kate Fletcher and Mathilda Tham, talk to three leaders of change: an ecological economist, an entrepreneur and a journalist to get to the crux of LESS, including its economic implications, worker impacts and shifting behaviours.

    Join us in a game-changing exploration of Earth Logic, which examines why less is needed, how it can be done and who can do it.

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    Category
    #equality #systemchange

    The COVID-19 Garment Industry Call to Action is a set of shared commitments by actors across the sector to address the crisis created by the pandemic. The commitments define priorities that include speeding access to emergency financing for both workers and employers and establishing stronger health and social protections to contribute to a more resilient industry in the future.

    During this deep dive case study, we will discuss the achievements of the effort to date, as well as the challenges ahead.

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    Category
    #equality #systemchange

    COVID-19 has had an immeasurable impact on the fashion industry. With the quick shift to remote engagement, including corporate offices moving to remote work and factory audits taking place offsite – what are the implications for the future of work? How is the resulting explosion of digitalisation driving sustainability improvement across the value chain?

    Join Li & Fung, Fung Group and the International Labour Organization (ILO) to explore the pandemic’s impact on work and hear how Li & Fung is unlocking opportunities for improved sustainability via digitalisation.

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  • 6:30 – 7:00 PM CEST
    BREAKOUTS II - CHOOSE ONE BELOW TO ATTEND ONE
    Category
    #circularity #transparency

    Ahluwalia is known for exploring vintage and dead stock clothing, taking elements from the Creative Director’s dual Indian-Nigeran heritage and London roots. Priya Ahluwalia’s understanding of the industry’s difficulties within circularity drives her challenge on how to enable circular systems.

    This case study unlocks the vision behind her challenge, together with in-depth knowledge around how tech can enable circularity, presented by Michael Colarossi, VP of Innovation, Product Line Management and Sustainability at leading material science and innovation company Avery Dennison.

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    Category
    #systemchange #consumption #transparency

    The Higg Index is designed to enable transparency. The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) and Higg Co have been working with brands and retailers on consumer-facing transparency pilots to understand how consumers react to sustainability performance data on a product level. Consumers report that they are interested in sustainability information on products, but they do not yet use the data to drive their purchasing behaviours.

    This session will discuss the future of Higg transparency and the learnings from testing it, as well as showcasing some examples.

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    Category
    #climatechange #equality

    The case study will not only outline Timberland’s 2030 vision but also share insights into how the brand arrived at the bold goals that will drive its agenda for the next decade: from consumer insights and strategic frameworks, to supply chain partnerships and materials innovations and all the challenges faced along the way.

    Through this case study, Timberland hopes to inspire other brands and companies to pursue meaningful sustainability targets and work collectively towards a greener future.

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