The Circular Fibres Initiative brings industry together to create a circular economy for textiles.

The Circular Fibres Initiative brings together key industry stakeholders to build a circular economy for textiles, starting with clothing.

Participants in the Circular Fibres Initiative will work together to define a vision for a new global textiles system, which will address the significant drawbacks of the ‘take-make-dispose’ model currently dominating the industry. The new system for textiles will be based on the principles of a circular economy, generating growth that benefits citizens and businesses, while phasing out negative impacts such as waste and pollution – an economy fit for the 21st Century.

Building on success

The Circular Fibres Initiative builds on the success of the New Plastics Economy initiative, launched by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in 2016, which brings together leading businesses, city authorities, intergovernmental organisations, scientists, designers and innovators to build a plastics system that works.
 This first systemic initiative has presented two major reports at the World Economic Forum in Davos and attracted worldwide media attention, and highlights the importance of a pre-competitive, collaborative mindset amongst participants.

The initiative

As a first step, the Circular Fibres Initiative will produce an analysis of the textiles industry, mapping how textiles flow around the global economy, and the externalities that arise from the current system. It will explore what a new, circular economy for textiles - one that is restorative and regenerative - could look like, and lay out the steps needed to build it. The initiative’s first report will be published in 28th November 2017, and together with the accompanying stakeholder consultation will inform the initiative’s further activities.
The Circular Fibres Initiative already involves more than 20 leading businesses, NGOs, philanthropic organisations, and public bodies; for information on becoming a Participating Organisation, please contact

"The way we produce, use and reprocess clothing today is inherently wasteful, and current rising demand increases the negative impacts. The Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s new initiative aims to catalyse change across the industry by creating an ambitious, fact-based vision for a new global textiles system, underpinned by circular economy principles, that has economic, environmental, and social benefits, and can operate successfully in the long term."
- Dame Ellen MacArthur, Founder, Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

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