Circular fashion

We’re driving the transition to circular fashion by nurturing and scaling solutions

It is time to rethink apparel and move towards a new kind of industry. One that uses and reuses safe materials. One that restores and regenerates ecosystems. One that provides dignified work for people making products that are “made to be made again".

This is the philosophy of a circular economy. For the fashion industry to become circular, each part of the business model must change.

Every actor has a role to play. We are here to support this transition by nurturing and scaling innovative solutions that can change the way our clothes are made, used, and reused.

See our circular fashion theory of change 

 

 

 

We believe that now is the time for a circular fashion, with an industry that restores and regenerates the environment

Douwe Jan Joustra, Head of Circular Transformation

The problem

The apparel industry is beset by major environmental challenges. Too often unregulated, hazardous chemicals are used and subsequently released into our environment, causing harm to ecosystems and people.

Little is being done to conserve and protect water, our most precious resource. Factories are commonly powered by fossil-fuel sources. And an overwhelming volume of fibre, the sector's most valuable raw material, is sent to landfill or incinerated after its use as garments.

Despite the shared concern about these issues, the industry has been slow to change. We lack a shared vision, aligned incentives and the technical solutions and new business models needed to address this.

The opportunity

Circular economy thinking is redesigning the apparel industry to make it work for the people and ecosystems it touches. It challenges the industry on its material choices, chemical choices, manufacturing choices, and retail and use choices.

A system in which safe materials are used endlessly, water is restored and energy is clean, allows the apparel sector to be a force for good.

C&A Foundation will accelerate this new system by enabling best practice today and supporting the innovation of tomorrow.

Best practice – Creating the conditions

Innovation – Building the new

Hazardous chemicals and water pollution are critical roadblocks to circular apparel and are high on the industry's agenda.

Major players are coming together through collaborative initiatives such as Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals.

We support such collaboration and are working with several industry platforms to accelerate their work and lay the foundations for circular business models.

There is no shortage of innovation in this industry, from waterless dyeing to chemical recycling. Yet many of these solutions are not being embedded into supply chains.

We believe that more needs to be done to support late-stage innovators and scale up their new technologies and business models.

With other core founding partners, we created Fashion for Good an initiative to support innovative circular business models, while bringing brands, retailers, manufactures, multi-stakeholder initiatives, and investors together to work towards a shared vision for the future of apparel.

Tailoring solutions

Brasil

A Daughter's Sacrifice

Hand in hand for a better Fashion Industry

São Paulo, Brazil

A dream that changes lives

São Paulo, Brazil

A fair, prosperous, sustainable cotton industry is possible

One pulling up the other

Jessore, Bangladesh

A Woman of Character

Ceará, Brazil

Workers well-being at Maquilas: Consuelo and Natalia pave the way

Piedras Negras, Mexico

More than organic cotton

A collective journey towards autonomy

Organic farming as a legacy

Piauí, Brazil

Handmade

Life After Forced Labour: The fish farmer

Wisdom rooted in Customs

Chiapas, Mexico

Immigrants must follow their dreams

Brazil

KaKa: A Collective Struggle

Santana do Livramento, Brazil

A Farmer's Organic Mission for Good

The Use of Role-Play in Challenging Conventional Gender Roles

Faridabad, India

The power of marginalised communities

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Breaking the cycle of violence: Stories of courage

Karnataka, India

Pushpa: One Girl's Journey to Receive an Education

Madhya Pradesh, India

The story of Vishram a Drip Farmer in Gujarat, India

Gujarat, India

What can maquila workers do to demand better pay?

Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila, Mexico

Returning to their traditions

For fashion that is more transparent

A Collective Transformation

São Paulo, Brazil

Life After Forced Labour: Longing to go to school

Thavasimadai, India

What should working women do when their health may be at risk on the job?

Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico

Tackling systemic issues within India: Child Labour

Madhya Pradesh, India.

When workers know their rights and how to demand them

Piedras Negras, Mexico

Connecting for collective action

Tamil Nadu, India

How does empowerment help change the lives of women working at a maquila?

Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico

Building a new cotton conscience together in China

China

You must educate your children

Drip Pool Programme: Innovative Community-Managed Financing Mechanism 

Gujarat, India

Earthquake: community reconstruction and strengthening

Morelos, Mexico

Nipa's dream to one day establish a training centre

Dhaka, Bangladesh

Life After Forced Labour: Mrs. Mariyasanthi and the rice cooker

Life After Forced Labour: The rose farmers

Meet Aklima

Dhaka, Bangladesh

The most stimulating challenge of my life

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

A fair, prosperous, sustainable cotton industry is possible

A Farmer's Organic Mission for Good

Returning to their traditions

More than organic cotton

The story of Vishram a Drip Farmer in Gujarat, India

Gujarat, India

Drip Pool Programme: Innovative Community-Managed Financing Mechanism 

Gujarat, India

A Woman of Character

Ceará, Brazil

A collective journey towards autonomy

Organic farming as a legacy

Piauí, Brazil

Building a new cotton conscience together in China

China

Wisdom rooted in Customs

Chiapas, Mexico

You must educate your children

The most stimulating challenge of my life

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Immigrants must follow their dreams

Brazil

When workers know their rights and how to demand them

Piedras Negras, Mexico

How does empowerment help change the lives of women working at a maquila?

Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico

What should working women do when their health may be at risk on the job?

Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico

What can maquila workers do to demand better pay?

Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila, Mexico

Earthquake: community reconstruction and strengthening

Morelos, Mexico

Nipa's dream to one day establish a training centre

Dhaka, Bangladesh

A dream that changes lives

São Paulo, Brazil

Life After Forced Labour: The fish farmer

Life After Forced Labour: Mrs. Mariyasanthi and the rice cooker

Life After Forced Labour: Longing to go to school

Thavasimadai, India

Life After Forced Labour: The rose farmers

Pushpa: One Girl's Journey to Receive an Education

Madhya Pradesh, India

Tackling systemic issues within India: Child Labour

Madhya Pradesh, India.

The Use of Role-Play in Challenging Conventional Gender Roles

Faridabad, India

One pulling up the other

Jessore, Bangladesh

A Daughter's Sacrifice

Meet Aklima

Dhaka, Bangladesh

For fashion that is more transparent

A Collective Transformation

São Paulo, Brazil

Workers well-being at Maquilas: Consuelo and Natalia pave the way

Piedras Negras, Mexico

Breaking the cycle of violence: Stories of courage

Karnataka, India

Hand in hand for a better Fashion Industry

São Paulo, Brazil

Connecting for collective action

Tamil Nadu, India

Tailoring solutions

Brasil

KaKa: A Collective Struggle

Santana do Livramento, Brazil

The power of marginalised communities

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Handmade

Partners