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Industry demands new sustainability approach from policymakers

Five leading apparel organisations have joined forces to call on European Union policymakers to deliver a circular fashion industry.

Bodies including the European Apparel and Textile Confederation (EURATEX), Federation of the European Sporting Goods Industry (FESI) and the Global Fashion Agenda (GFA) have released a manifesto calling on the industry to rethink its business model and for policymakers to “think beyond existing policy tools” to resolve circularity issues.

Other partners include the International Apparel Federation (IAF) and the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC).

The manifesto argues that the fashion industry must take a new approach by focusing on recycling innovations and that ground breaking policy measures from government are needed. Download the full manifesto.

Eva Kruse, chief executive and president of the Global Fashion Agenda, said: “This manifesto is extremely significant, as it is the first time so many influential organisations in the fashion industry have come together to work with policymakers on a unified approach to circularity. Consumption is only going to grow, and if we do not act now to find a solution to the take-make-dispose model, the strain on our planet will get much worse. We urgently need widespread collaboration between industry and regulators to enact impactful circular solutions, and I hope this manifesto will help to drive change at scale.”



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