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A New Textiles Economy: Redesigning Fashion's Future

Since the 20th century, clothing has increasingly been considered as disposable and the fashion industry has become highly globalized, with garments often designed in one country, manufactured in another and sold worldwide at an ever-increasing pace. This trend has been further accentuated over the past 15 years by rising demand from a growing middle class across the globe with higher disposable income and the emergence of the ‘fast fashion’ phenomenon, leading to a doubling in production over the same period.

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s report A New Textiles Economy: Redesigning Fashion’s Future outlines a vision and sets out ambitions and actions based on the principles of a circular economy to design out negative impacts and capture a $500 billion economic opportunity by truly transforming the way clothes are designed, sold and used.

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