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How to Transform the Textiles Economy

It’s high time we shake up the destructive take-make-dispose textile model and transform it into a circular one that’s better for people and environment. This report tells us how.

According to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, textile production contributes 1.2 billion tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions every year—more than international flights and maritime shipping combined. Add to that the leaching of hazardous substances and plastic microfibers into the environment and you have an environmental and social impact of catastrophic proportions.

In their newly released report, A New Textiles Economy: Redesigning Fashion’s Future, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and Circular Fibres Initiative lay out a transformative vision for a new textiles economy based on the principles of the circular economy that creates a more sustainable future for people, economy, and environment.

“This report outlines a vision for a system that works, delivering long-term benefits – a new textiles economy based on the principles of a circular economy. It offers a direction of travel on which the industry can agree and focus its efforts. In a new textiles economy, clothes, textiles, and fibres are kept at their highest value during use and re-enter the economy afterwards, never ending up as waste.”

The report includes a rundown of the current problem, and a vision for a new textiles economy broken down into step by step actions needed to make the transformation happen. It’s available for free download as either a full report, or shorter summary.

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Reference: Ellen MacArthur Foundation, A new textiles economy: Redesigning fashion’s future, (2017,


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