Close the loop: guide towards a circular 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/en/planner-start