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Decarbonisation through unified efforts in textile recycling

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The textile and fashion industry faces a pivotal challenge in aligning with the 1.5-degree pathway. Decarbonisation is one of them, and to help drive this transformation, this programme has a multi-stakeholder approach to establishing infrastructure for textile recycling of post-industrial waste in key production markets. The aim is to contribute to significant reductions in CO2 emissions while facilitating partnerships across the industry.

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To drive the textile industry’s transformation, there’s an urgent need to adopt circular systems that break away from finite resource consumption. A significant volume of post-industrial textile waste from garment manufacturing facilities is currently overlooked, leading to environmental and economic losses. Estimates say that up to 47% of all fibre entering the fashion value chain becomes waste throughout the myriad of different stages of production, from fibre, yarn, fabric up to a garment.

This three-year partnership, called Global Circular Fashion Forum, is run by Global Fashion Agenda in collaboration with GIZ, Circle Economy, Closed Loop Fashion, Reverse Resources and local stakeholders, and funded by H&M Foundation. The overarching vision is to spearhead a long-term, scalable and just transition towards a fully circular fashion industry.

Up to 47% of all fibre entering the fashion value chain becomes waste.

Two levers

The programme consists of two components, on global and national levels:

  1. Global Circular Fashion Forum (GCFF) – Engaging brands, manufacturers, recyclers, and waste handlers to streamline efforts and capture synergies through forums and shared knowledge.
  2. National Circular Fashion Partnerships (NCFP) – Local multi-stakeholder platforms to address barriers to scale post-industrial recycling and ensure waste doesn’t end up in landfills.

Key objectives

  • Mobilising the industry to commit to producing and using recycled materials with lower carbon impact.
  • Facilitating knowledge exchange across countries and regions, with the development of supportive publications and tools.
  • Enabling the realisation of locally owned and led National Circular Fashion Partnerships in manufacturing countries, fostering multistakeholder efforts to establish and scale effective national infrastructures for post-industrial textile waste recycling.

Project Specifics

  • Financial Support: 5 million euro
  • Period: 20242026
  • Project Status: Current
  • Countries: Cambodia, Indonesia, Turkey and Vietnam
  • Focus Areas: Planet Positive
  • Partners: Global Fashion Agenda

Global Fashion Agenda
Global Fashion Agenda (GFA) is a non-profit organisation that fosters industry collaboration on sustainability in fashion to accelerate impact. With the vision of a net positive fashion industry, it drives action by mobilising, inspiring, influencing and educating all stakeholders.

Learn more about the Global Circular Fashion Forum.