Stella McCartney and Ellen MacArthur
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The Circular Fibres Initiative aims for a circular textile industry

Building a more circular economy for the textile industry

The Circular Fibres Initiative brings together key industry stakeholders to build a circular economy for textiles, starting with clothing. Participants will work together to define a vision for a new global textiles system, which addresses the significant drawbacks of the current system of fast fashion. The new system for textiles is based on the principles of a circular economy, generating growth that benefits citizens and businesses, while phasing out negative impacts such as waste and pollution.

A new textiles economy: Redesigning fashion's future

This new initiative aims to catalyse change across the industry by creating a vision for a new global circular textiles system with economic, environmental and social benefits for long-term success

The Circular Fibres Initiative already involves more than 20 leading businesses, NGOs, philanthropic organisations, and public bodies. As a first step, the Circular Fibres Initiative produced an analysis of the textiles industry, mapping how textiles flow around the global economy, and the externalities that arise from the current system. It explores what a new, circular economy for textiles - one that is restorative and regenerative - could look like, and lay out the steps needed to build it. The initiative’s first report was published in November 2017, and together with the accompanying stakeholder consultation informs the initiative’s further activities. Download the report A new textiles economy: Redesigning fashion's future here.

The Circular Fibres Initiative builds on the success of the New Plastics Economy initiative, launched by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in 2016, which brings together leading businesses, city authorities, intergovernmental organisations, scientists, designers and innovators to build a plastics system that works. This first systemic initiative has presented two major reports at the World Economic Forum in Davos and attracted worldwide media attention, which highlights the importance of a pre-competitive, collaborative mind-set amongst participants.

For information on participating, please contact circular-fibres-initiative@ellenmacarthurfoundation.org

no waste

The Circular Fibres Initiative aims for a circular textile industry

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