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CLOSE THE LOOP: GUIDE TOWARDSCIR­CU­LAR FASH­ION INDUSTRY

Flan­ders DC, Unit­ed Fash­ion part­ner, devel­oped an infor­ma­tion tool and plan­ner that walks you through the phas­es of the cir­cu­lar fash­ion indus­try. The plan­ner helps entre­pre­neurs in the imple­men­ta­tion of sus­tain­abil­i­ty mea­sures in their prop­er enter­pris­es. Sup­port­ed by MAD Brus­sels, UF lead part­ner, the tool is now acces­si­ble in Dutch, Eng­lish, and French and can be used by any com­pa­ny in the fash­ion sec­tor that wants to embrace a more cir­cu­lar approach in their busi­ness by focus­ing on dura­bil­i­ty and avoid­ance of waste.

In the cir­cu­lar fash­ion indus­try, design­ers, pro­duc­ers, retail­ers, and con­sumers are chal­lenged to take the whole life cycle of a gar­ment into account. There are six phas­es in the life cycle of a gar­ment, from the resources used for your gar­ment to the end of life. Sus­tain­abil­i­ty is no longer con­sid­ered an option, but a neces­si­ty in the sec­tor. Com­pa­nies are encour­aged to improve their own strat­e­gy towards a more sus­tain­able busi­ness. The tool details action points and for­mu­lates for each of the 6 phas­es a num­ber of strate­gies, where one is sure to fit the capa­bil­i­ties and needs of your company.

How does the plan­ner work? After fill­ing out a sim­ple ques­tion­naire on your atti­tude towards sus­tain­abil­i­ty and mea­sures already in place, the plan­ner assem­bles a cus­tomized action plan based on your answers. Both easy short-term fix­es and long-term actions are incor­po­rat­ed. Fash­ion entre­pre­neurs can then work on the action points to evolve into a more sus­tain­able com­pa­ny. In addi­tion, the per­son­al­ized plan offers con­crete tips and handy tools to clar­i­fy the imple­men­ta­tion of the mea­sures.

An illus­tra­tion of how the plan­ner works: your com­pa­ny wants to make the pro­duc­tion process more envi­ron­men­tal­ly friend­ly but doesn’t know where to start. One strat­e­gy that you can employ accord­ing to the plan­ner is to pro­duce local­ly to avoid the costs asso­ci­at­ed with glob­al trans­port. Not con­vinced? Your focus can also be on the qual­i­ty of your col­lec­tion, as the core of a sus­tain­able prod­uct is its qual­i­ty and the length of its life cycle. More details on these strate­gies and many more options can be found under the pro­duc­tion phase of the Loop. Your sus­tain­able, green future is wait­ing!



Test the plan­ner now
(Unit­ed Fash­ion) design­ers are wel­come to test out the plan­ner here: https://​www​.close​-the​-loop​.be/​e​n​/​p​l​a​n​n​e​r​-​start