The fashion industry is estimated to be responsible for 10% of global carbon emissions and is one of the most economically driven industries globally. It is estimated that by 2030 there will be a growth in production to about 145 million tonnes of textiles (European Parliament, 2020). Textile production is responsible for approximately 20% of global clean water pollution, where synthetic laundry accounts for 35% of microplastics, and such contaminants end up in the food chain (European Parliament, 2020).
Circular economy of these materials not only has environmental benefits in terms of reducing resource extraction and minimizing waste but also presents economic opportunities by fostering innovation, job creation, and the development of new value chains, from design to production, use, and end of life (Ellen Macarthur Foundation, 2021).
The webinar gave an insight into the challenges and opportunities for achieving a circular economy for the textile industry.