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Clothing and textile bodies launch circularity manifesto

Five apparel organisations have partnered to call on EU policymakers to establish a circular fashion system.

EURATEX (European Apparel and Textile Confederation), the Federation of the European Sporting Goods Industry (FESI), Global Fashion Agenda (GFA), International Apparel Federation (IAF) and Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) have published a manifesto that stresses the need for the industry to rethink its business model.

It contends that closing the loop requires unprecedented collaboration to combat fashion waste and to guarantee that business models are fully circular. 

It says a new approach must be adopted across the industry by using innovations such as separating fibres for reuse and upcycling, and it requests more policy measures tailored to the needs of a range of businesses and smart regulations to help consumers rethink the way they dispose of their garments. 

Jérome Pero, secretary general of FESI, said: "Circularity has become a key issue in all aspects of daily life. However, the current schemes in place do not sufficiently support a scaled circular economy system. To drive change, it is essential that all actors work together to make it happen. That's why I believe this manifesto is a perfect, timely call to unite everyone."