The textile industry is one of global importance, providing high levels of employment, foreign exchange revenue and products essential to human welfare. The world is producing and consuming more textiles than ever before, and the current very low re-use and recycling rates mean that more textiles are also being thrown away than ever before. This requires ever more land, water and fossil fuels, and leads to increasing pollution of the air, water and soil. A shift to circular models provides a critical tool in delivering sustainability for the industry – and will require global approaches with entirely new and radical ways of doing business. Adopting circular models should ultimately result in a sector that brings benefits to business, society, and the environment.
A new UN Environment Programme report provides an analysis of the environmental and socio-economic hotspots along the entire textile value chain and looks at a range of associated impacts, as well as at how different stages in the value chain are dominant in different impacts. Its intention is to apply an evidence-based, value chain approach to identifying the hotspots and priority actions needed to advance sustainability and circularity in textile value chains, while giving examples of the many initiatives that are already being undertaken.
During this webinar, UNEP will launch its report Circularity and Sustainability in the Textile Value Chain: Global Stocktaking and discuss with an exciting line up of panelists:
- The key environmental and socio-economic impacts of the textile value chain, and priority actions to create a circular and sustainable textiles industry – including how UNEP is supporting the development of knowledge, solutions and multi-stakeholder collaboration
- How to enhance the shift towards circularity for established brands and producers and support the development of innovative circular business models for SMES and entrepreneurs through innovative financial solutions and collaboration
- Key actions governments can take to ensure that their policy framework enables a shift to more sustainable and circular business models, including incentives for changes in consumer purchasing and product care behavior
- Arizona Muse –Model, sustainability consultant and activist
- Emanuela Gregorio - African Development Bank Group
- Francois Souchet – Ellen MacArthur Foundation
- Kehua Hu – China National Textile & Apparel Council (CNTAC)
- Rebecca Uggla – Swedish Environmental Protection Agency