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Partnerships to Advance Circular Fashion

Circular fashion is a critical issue today, with the fashion industry being one of the largest polluters globally. Achieving a closed-loop system for clothing and textile will take a concerted effort from all stakeholders, including governments, the private sector, civil society organizations, and consumers. The 2023 ECOSOC panel on "Partnerships to Advance Circular Fashion" discusses promoting circular fashion and supporting the achievement of the SDGs, particularly SDG 12, on responsible consumption and production.


Partnerships can help drive the transition toward circular fashion by leveraging the strengths and resources of different actors. For example, governments can provide the regulatory framework to support circular fashion initiatives, while the private sector can invest in research and development to create innovative and sustainable products. Civil society organizations can raise awareness and educate consumers on the benefits of circular fashion, while consumers themselves can play a role by choosing to purchase products that align with their values.


One of the key challenges in advancing circular fashion is the need to change consumer behavior. Consumers are increasingly aware of the environmental impact of their purchases, but they often struggle to find sustainable options. Partnerships can help bridge this gap by providing consumers with access to sustainable and circular products while educating them on the benefits of circular fashion.


The private sector also has a critical role in advancing circular fashion. Companies can collaborate with each other and the governments to create new business models that support the closed-loop system. For example, companies can invest in closed-loop supply chains, where waste materials are reused and recycled to develop new products, or in circular product design, where goods are designed to be reused, repaired, or recycled at the end of their lifecycle. Partnerships between the private sector and civil society organizations can also circularly drive innovation. By combining the expertise and resources of both actors, they can create new solutions to address the challenges of the fashion industry and drive the transition toward a more sustainable future.

By bringing together the strengths and resources of different actors, partnerships can help drive the transition toward a sustainable and circular fashion economy. This will also produce the benefits that support the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals 17.

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