Fashion and the circular economy
This topic area explores how the circular economy works for the fashion industry.
Today the Foundation welcomes nine new industry leaders to The Jeans Redesign project – reaching a new milestone of 100 brands, garment manufacturers and fabric mills, working together to change the way jeans are produced.
The new participants include fabric mill, Black Peony HK LTD, and brands, Bershka, Lefties, Massimo Dutti, Pull and Bear, Rotunda, Stradivarius, and Zara - as well as Ralph Lauren who are a Partner of the Foundation. This new milestone means that the project now spans 27 different countries, within 5 continents - Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, and South America.
As these companies embark on their Jeans RedesignThe Jeans Redesign guidelines encourage leading brands, mills, and manufacturers to transform the way jeans are made. journey, they’ll use the project as a starting point and space to test and demonstrate how all products can be designed so that they are used more, made to be made again, and made from safe and recycled or renewable inputs. At the end of the year, all participants will be required to transparently report on the progress they made on their commitment to make jeans in line with the guidelines.
Transitioning to a circular economyA systems solution framework that tackles global challenges like climate change, biodiversity loss, waste, and pollution. It is based on three principles, driven by design: eliminate waste and pollution, circulate products and materials (at their highest value), and regenerate nature. is essential for the fashion industry to tackle its wasteful and polluting practices, but transforming the fashion system so fundamentally is both a challenge and an opportunity. It means not only designing the products of the future, but also the processes, services, supply chains, and business models that will deliver them.
Launched by Foundation’s Fashion initiative in 2019, The Jeans Redesign acts as a framework for companies across the industry to start designing with circular economy principles, and to work collaboratively and learn from each other. The guidelines, created with input from industry experts, set a minimum bar for circular denim and jeans, including guidance on recycled content, safe chemistry, material sourcing, and recyclabilityThe ease with which a material can be recycled in practice and at scale..
The project’s first progress report, “The Jeans Redesign: Insights from the first two years”, was published last year in conjunction with updated guidelines to continue to drive the industry forward. Insights showed that the project has demonstrated that it is possible to create circular jeans today and provided a clear picture of the current landscape of solutions, barriers, and innovation gaps. These insights can now be used by businesses to take action, supported by policy development designed to scale a circular economy for fashion. For example, the project sees Coats, a Member of the Foundation’s network, collaborate as an innovation expert on threads that enable recyclability.
As the journey of The Jeans Redesign continues and the ambition level is raised, the Foundation looks forward to working with the new and existing participants, to collaborate, drive change, and put the vision of a circular economy for fashion into action.
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