Leading brands & retailers report their progress in achieving circularity targets

Today Global Fashion Agenda released the Year Two Status Report, an annual assessment of the progress that brands and retailers have made in reaching the targets of the 2020 Circular Fashion System Commitment. Launched in 2017, the 2020 Commitment urges brands and retailers to take action on circularity to accelerate the industry’s transition to a circular fashion system. It is signed by 90 fashion companies, representing 12.5% of the global fashion market.

The Year Two Status Report shows that signatories have reached 45 (21%) of the 213 targets set, highlighting the ambitious nature of many of the targets. Although significant progress has been made, some targets take longer to implement. Brands must urgently accelerate their efforts and seek further collaboration if they are to achieve their remaining targets by June 2020.

Signatories set targets across four action points. The list below indicates how many targets have been set and reached for each point.

Action point 1: Implementing design strategies for cyclability: 87 targets set, 24 reached

Action point 2: Increasing the volume of used garments and/or footwear collected: 52 targets set, 12 reached

Action point 3: Increasing the volume of used garments and/or footwear resold: 27 targets set, 4 reached

Action point 4: Increasing the share of garments and/or footwear made from recycled post-consumer textile fibres: 47 targets set, 5 reached

Progress was most prominent within the “Implementing design strategies for cyclability” action point which notes the importance of creative departments and designers in influencing the environmental impact of a product and ultimately how sustainable it is. For example, signatories such as ASOS, Nike and Target set their focus on training employees in various departments in circular design and on integrating circularity in design briefs.

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Mellissa Miller