Circular Fashion Partnership

The Circular Fashion Partnership is a cross-sectional partnership to achieve a long-term, scalable transition to a circular fashion system.

What is the Circular Fashion Partnership?

The Circular Fashion Partnership is a cross-sectorial project to support the development of the textile recycling industry in Bangladesh by capturing and directing post-production fashion waste back into the production of new fashion products. In addition, the partnership seeks to find solutions for the COVID-19 related pile-up of deadstock and to engage regulators and investors around the current barriers and economic opportunities in the country.

The partnership facilitates circular commercial collaborations between textile and garment manufacturers, recyclers and fashion brands operating in Bangladesh. A successful business case will demonstrate a decrease in textile waste and increase the use of recycled fibres, distributing value throughout the fashion value cycle and generating economic benefits in Bangladesh by accelerating the fibre recycling market.

Our approach

The partnership facilitates circular commercial collaborations between textile and garment manufacturers, recyclers and fashion brands operating in Bangladesh and addresses two topics: post-production textile waste and deadstock.

Participants are supported in implementing a business model for post-production textile waste across the fashion value cycle. In relation to deadstock, research is being conducted to understand the current context in Bangladesh and the implications of COVID19. Following which three potential solutions will be designed and tested.

 

Scaling up the circular production of new garments made from post-production waste streams such as textile scraps in Bangladesh.

Stage 1: Traceability and recapturing of waste streams
Manufacturers in Bangladesh work together with partner brands and with support of Reverse Resources to set up segregation of waste cuttings within their facility. Manufacturers sell contamination-free, higher-value waste at a premium price through a streamlined handling process. The waste streams are matched with a recycling solution, offering a ‘one-stop-solution’ with traceability to all involved parties.

Stage 2: Circulating waste back into the value chain
After the waste streams are rerouted to recycling solutions, project participants will evaluate the opportunity to circulate these waste streams back into production. The material price will be moderate (not exceeding virgin), fully traceable and at the highest achievable quality. Product samples can be developed, and testing performed as per brand participants requirements.

Co-create and implement a solution for deadstock fabrics piled up as a result of COVID-19 in Bangladesh.

While developing the Circular Fashion Partnership project early 2020, the effects of the first COVID19 lockdowns in Europe were felt in Bangladesh. Retail lockdowns lead to abruptly cancelled orders, delayed and denied payments and build-up of deadstock and overstock, creating severe liquidity challenges for manufacturers.

It was imperative to address the immediate issues our local team and partners in Bangladesh were facing in their operations, and we therefore expanded the partnership objectives to include (COVID-related pile up of) deadstock as a waste stream for which we would explore a business model.

Together with project participants, organisers GFA and Reverse Resources are researching the challenges and scoping the opportunities of deadstock management. Three solutions are being designed and tested to determine a viable business case that would distribute value across all actors, maintain the value of deadstock materials following the waste hierarchy and by doing so, reduce environmental impacts.

Partners & participants

Systemic transformation is only possible in collaboration with all ecosystem actors. The Circular Fashion Partnership strives to not only facilitate collaborations across the sector, but to also to collaborate with impact-oriented organisations specialised in textile recycling and adjacent stakeholders.

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    Meet the team

    The Circular Fashion Partnership team is based in South Asia and Europe

      Pokriti Monolina

      Assistant Secretary, BGMEA

      Pokriti Monolina

      Assistant Secretary, BGMEA

      Monower Hossain

      Senior Deputy Secretary, Environmental Sustainability

      Monower Hossain

      Senior Deputy Secretary, Environmental Sustainability

      Mohiuddin Rubel

      Director, BGMEA

      Mohiuddin Rubel

      Director, BGMEA

      Miran Ali

      Vice President, BGMEA

      Miran Ali

      Vice President, BGMEA

      Nin Castle

      Co-Founder, Lead of Recycling Community & Projects, Reverse Resources

      Nin Castle

      Co-Founder, Lead of Recycling Community & Projects, Reverse Resources

      Mumit Hasan

      Lead of Operations in Bangladesh, Reverse Resources

      Mumit Hasan

      Lead of Operations in Bangladesh, Reverse Resources

      Hemel Bhuiya

      Project Manager, Reverse Resources

      Hemel Bhuiya

      Project Manager, Reverse Resources

      Ann Runnel

      Founder & CEO, Reverse Resources

      Ann Runnel

      Founder & CEO, Reverse Resources

      Holly Syrett

      Impact Programmers & Sustainability Director

      Holly Syrett

      Impact Programmers & Sustainability Director

      Holly Syrett is the Impact Programmes & Sustainability Director at Global Fashion Agenda. Her responsibilities include contributing to the strategic mission and sustainability agenda, driving GFA’s impact programmes such as the Circular Fashion Partnership and ensuring strategic engagement with key stakeholders and partners. Holly Syrett joined Global Fashion Agenda as Senior Sustainability Manager in May 2020 to mobilise and guide the fashion industry to take bold action on sustainability by researching, project leading and writing new and existing GFA publications, commitments and reports such as the CEO Agenda. Syrett brings 10 years of experience working on sustainability and transparency programmes in the fashion industry for both public and professional audiences. Syrett is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, Climate Reality Leader and she holds a BA in Fashion and Branding from the Amsterdam Fashion Institute. As part of the Global Shapers’ Community, she co-founded the Shaping Fashion movement that is now active in 50+ cities worldwide.

      Sandra Gonza

      GFA, Impact Programme Manager

      Sandra Gonza

      GFA, Impact Programme Manager

      Sandra Gonza is the Impact Programme Manager at Global Fashion Agenda. She is responsible for the realisation of impact-oriented programmes that facilitate the fashion industry uptake and implementation of (environmentally & socially) sustainable solutions as well as scaling circular systems. Gonza joined GFA in November 2020 as a project manager of the Circular Fashion Partnership to plan, manage and deliver on programmatic milestones together with our various partners across the globe. She is passionate about executing and elevating strategic projects that build inclusive, equitable and resilient sustainable futures for all. Gonza has a background in non-profit responsible business consulting, having worked at Fair Wear to address labour rights violations within fashion supply chains. She worked with brands to find innovative solutions to improve working conditions within factories. As a Creative for Climate, she is a change agent committed to making sustainability accessible, and driving meaningful climate action forward.

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