New report outlines a road map for the Mexican Apparel Industry to transition to a circular economy


The Mexican Center for Environmental Law (CEMDA) and C&A Foundation have joined hands to help decision makers transition to a circular economy. A report titled, “Promotion of Circular Economy in the Mexican Apparel Industry” has been released with actionable recommendations to make this an easy shift. 

The report identifies barriers and areas of opportunity in the existing legal framework to present targeted recommendations for this transition. CEMDA seeks to offer people who make decisions and execute strategic actions a clear overview of the reforms and the development of legal and environmental policy instruments necessary to promote a circular economy in the Mexican apparel industry.   

 “In Mexico the term circular economy is becoming fashionable, but often in a limited way; It is important to have a clear conceptual baseline and not to confuse or conceive it only as integral waste management, as sometimes happens. We must also analyse the laws that apply to the fashion and textile sector as a whole”

- explains Juan Carlos Carrillo, CEMDA area coordinator and author of the document. 

The report makes a case for businesses that generate greater economic performance and lower environmental impact. It highlights the effects of the demographic explosion, mounting pressure on natural resources, unchecked production of waste and discharge of polluted water resulting in a growing demand for services that will enable the country to transition to another model of production. 

This study, which is available online, includes a series of recommendations that companies and NGOs can apply to accelerate the transition to a circular economy, such as promoting reforms to some of the aforementioned laws, neutralizing the carbon footprint of the main companies in the sector, and signing collaboration agreements with various strategic actors. 

“A circular economy is not achieved by decree, but legislation can establish incentives and legal provisions that encourage the transition to a circular economy. The creation of a specific law in that sense can be a determining tool. The current national context presents a window of opportunity and at the same time an urgency to promote the transition towards a circular economy much more harmonious with nature” Carrillo details. 

Through documentary research that offers a broader picture of circular fashion and its possibilities in Mexico, C&A Foundation and CEMDA seek to motivate change agents to join this production model and transform the fashion industry in a place where everyone involved can prosper. 


About CEMDA: The Mexican Center for Environmental Law is a non-governmental and non-profit organization that since 1993 works for the defense of the environment and natural resources. Its mission is to work for environmental justice, people's well-being and development in harmony with nature, creating strategies to promote legality and the rule of law in the environmental struggle in our country. For more information about CEMDA, visit their website.