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Circular Economy and Textiles

"Textiles are essential products. Their mode of production is also highly problematic."

Textiles – including the apparel and fashion industries – are facing a transformation moment. With a general perception that linear, fast-fashion models are unsustainable, consumers, businesses, and regulators search for ways to make textiles and apparel into a more efficient and less polluting sector. Circular solutions are seen as a way to transform the sector, from its material essence to its guiding business models. A variety of measures are proposed, including design-for-durability, materials innovation, mainstreaming and modernizing second-hand markets, as well as promoting different business models which rely on access-as-a-service instead of ownership for garments

In this session of the learning series on ‘Circular Economy and Private Sector Development’, we invite global leaders who are advancing sustainable textiles initiatives to explore questions of economic viability, policy, environmental impact, and scalability in a new normal. 

Presenter Resources

About the Presenters

Isabelle Durant

Deputy Secretary-General, UNCTAD

Francois Souchet

Lead, Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Francois Souchet is the Lead for Make Fashion Circular at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Lisa Emberson

Biologist, University of York

Lisa Emberson is an environmental pollution biologist in the Department of Environment and Geography at the University of York

Khalid Mahmood

Executive Director, Master Textile Mills

Khalid Mahmood is the Executive Director at Master Textile Mills – Pakistan, the leading textile company engaged in exports of apparel and workwear fabrics

Jenny Fredricsdotter

Manager, Renewcell

Jenny Fredricsdotter is a manager at Renewcell, working with textile brand partners toward closing the loop in the fashion industry

Amorpol Huvanandana

Co-founder, Moreloop

Amorpol Huvanandana is co-founder of Moreloop, an online platform that takes surplus fabric from garment and textile factories and offers it to small businesses to purchase at an affordable price

Whitney Bauck

Senior Reporter, Fashionista

Whitney Bauck is the Senior Sustainability Reporter at Fashionista, where she's been championing coverage of the environmental and human rights impacts of fashion production

Jessica Long

Managing Director and Chief Strategy Officer, Closed Loop Partners

Jessica Long is a speaker and author of several papers and studies, including the recently published The Circular Economy Handbook: Realizing the Circular Advantage

Mart Drake-Knight

Co-founder, Teemill

Mart Drake-Knight is an engineer and co-founder at Teemill, a company that built the first open-access circular supply chain for t-shirts

Sarah Hayes

Business expert, H&M Group

Sarah Hayes is a business expert in circularity at the H&M Group global sustainability department in Stockholm where she focuses on how we can accelerate initiatives within the circular design and transform toward a circular business model

Henrique Pacini

Economist, UNCTAD

Henrique Pacini is an economist at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Geneva, where he works on circular economy issues

Questions Submitted

Joy Mildred Adhiambo

- Sep 30, 2022
Great

Ki

- Jul 30, 2022
good

Ahmed

- Jul 29, 2022
Great

DR. YOGENDRA NATH

- Jul 28, 2022
Interesting.

Mohammad Nadir

- Jul 27, 2022
Excellent!

jose luis

- Jul 26, 2022
muy bueno
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