Fashion brands fall short of 2020 circularity targets

Worldwide
Published:  11 July, 2019

Signatories of the 2020 Circular Fashion System Commitment, an initiative by the Global Fashion Agenda (GFA) launched in 2017, have only met 21% of the set circularity targets, the second yearly assessment of the GFA, which was published yesterday, has revealed.

A total of 90 global fashion brands have committed to take action towards circularity and a more sustainable business model, including the likes of Adidas, Asos, Gap, Nike, Tommy Hilfiger, SuitSupply, Reformation, Lacoste, Esprit, Filippa K, Inditex, Hugo Boss, H&M, Kering and Bestseller, however, only 65 of them responded to this year’s survey, which reveals that only 45 of the 213 targets have been met.

“It’s promising to see that the 2020 Commitment has triggered many brands to take action on circularity. However, we need to move faster. If we don’t work together to establish a strong ecosystem of collaboration, we will not achieve all of the 2020 Commitment targets and the impact of the fashion industry on the planet will continue to grow,” said Eva Kruse, President and CEO, GFA.

The 213 targets cover four key action points, including implementing design strategies for cyclability, increasing the volume of used garments and/or footwear collected, increasing the share of garments and/or footwear sold and increasing the share of garments and/or footwear made from recycled post-consumer textile fibres. 24 out of 87 targets related to the first point have been met, while 12 out of 52 targets have been met on action point 2. However, only four out of 27 targets relating to the resale of used items, and just five targets out of 47 set for the adoption of recycling practices have been achieved so far.

Source: FashionUnited