Fashion and the Circular Economy

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Circular fashion, collective consciousness

In 1964, in the framework of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), it was revealed that the fashion industry was the second most polluting in the world by the amount of water used in clothing, by tons of waste generated and by the volume of carbon emission, among other factors1.

The emergence of so-called fast fashion in which brands launch new collections at low costs encourages consumption and early disposal of the garment just because it is not in fashion1.

The alarm signal fired by UNCTAD was an awareness for production and consumption trying to reduce the negative effects in the social, economic and environmental spheres.

Thinking about the fashion industry within a circular economy circuit implies innovating, it is using the finite resources of our planet in a sustainable and responsible way. It means designing to reuse and reduced the negative impacts of the linear economy, it is to extend the use of materials as long as possible2.

Learn more about circular economy in the fashion industry from Marina Chahboune, an expert in sustainability. His conference was given in 2019 in Argentina and Brazil within the framework of the Silk Project with the financial support of the European Union through the Programa ADELANTE.


In this collection of fascicles on circular economy, it allows to discover the new paradigm of the textile industry from a circular economy perspective where production and consumption are responsible, providing tools for its implementation and inspiring with some stories. 

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Sustainability and silk

The engineer Patricia Marino, coordinator of the Silk Project, talks about the importance of sustainability in the manufacturing industry and provides data on silk production and its relationship with the environment.

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