NEW Initiative: Accelerating Circularity to Eliminate Textile Waste

via Fibre2Fashion

Accelerating Circularity, a new apparel industry collaborative project, has launched efforts to accelerate textile industry’s move from linear to circular. Its project partners are ensuring broad stakeholder representation by collaborating with industry organizations on this work including sharing information, amplifying key messages & streamlining of efforts. With figures from Environmental Protection Agency showing that 15 million tons of textile waste is generated annually in US alone, the textile industry must move from a ‘take, make, waste’ system to a circular one, in order to avoid the massive amounts of textile waste put into landfills annually.

Accelerating Circularity, spearheaded by Textile Exchange with a grant from the Walmart Foundation, includes founding partners Gap Inc, Giotex, Gr3n, Target, VF Corporation, Lenzing, Unifi, Revolve Waste and Fabrikology International, Inc. and representing technology providers, fiber manufacturers, and experts in textile waste and supply chains, as well as brands and retailers.

The organisations include American Apparel & Footwear Association, Apparel Impact Institute, Circle Economy, Outdoor Industry Association, Textile Exchange, The Renewal Workshop, and United States Fashion Industry Association.

Accelerating Circularity’s board members include, Tricia Carey of Lenzing, Alice Hartley of Gap Inc., Beth Jensen of VF Corporation, Karla Magruder of Accelerating Circularity, Eileen Mockus of Coyuchi, and Laila Petrie of 2050.

Media contact: Karla Magruder, Lead of the Accelerating Circularity Project +1.917.410.3188, karla@acceleratingcircularity.org.

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