We are driving collaboration to create a resilient and prosperous fashion industry.

Each year millions of tonnes of clothes are produced, worn, and thrown away. Every second, the equivalent of a rubbish truck load of clothes is burnt or buried in landfill, and the fashion industry is one of the major contributors of plastic microfibres entering our oceans.

A circular economy tackles the root causes of global challenges such as climate change, biodiversity loss, and pollution, while providing opportunities for better growth. It is underpinned by three principles, all led by design: eliminate waste and pollution, keep materials in use, and regenerate natural systems.

For fashion, this means ensuring that products (apparel, footwear, accessories) are:

  • Used more
  • Made to be made again
  • Made from safe and recycled or renewable inputs

Mobilising a circular economy for fashion benefits business, society, and the environment.

Our projects to date include working with the denim industry to redesign jeans in line with the vision of a circular economy for fashion, and collaborating with brands and the city of New York in #WearNext.

About the Initiative

In May 2017, Make Fashion Circular was originally launched as the Circular Fibres Initiative, at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit. The initiative brings together leaders from across the fashion industry, including brands, cities, philanthropists, NGOs, and innovators. Its aim is to stimulate the level of collaboration and innovation necessary to create a new textiles economy, aligned with the principles of the circular economy.

One year later, at the 2018 Copenhagen Fashion Summit, the Circular Fibres Initiative entered its second phase: Make Fashion Circular. To thrive, and not just survive, the fashion industry needs to radically redesign its operating model. By transitioning to a circular system, where we keep safe materials in use, the industry can unlock an enormous economic opportunity.

To really Make Fashion Circular, businesses, governments, innovators, and citizens need to join forces. Make Fashion Circular brings together industry leaders including Burberry, Gap Inc., H&M Group, HSBC, Inditex, PVH and Stella McCartney as Core Partners. Make Fashion Circular has been made possible by Laudes Foundation, MAVA Foundation and players of People's Postcode Lottery.

Make Fashion Circular Animation

To get in touch with the team, please contact: make-fashion-circular@emf.org

If you would like to request an interview with a member of the team, or your query is media related please contact: pressoffice@emf.org

Core Partners

Philanthropic Partners


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