Apparel And Textiles
Factsheet - CRB Activities On Circular Apparel
CRB has initiated multiple projects on circular apparel, that aim to identify and facilitate key policy and practice interventions that can provide impetus to nudge the Indian Textile and Apparel sector onto a circular path and thereby support balanced and sustainable growth of the industry. This Factsheet provides an overview of these interventions in terms of their objectives, achievements so far and the way ahead.
The ReFashion Hub
The ReFashion Hub is a collective working to bring together multiple stakeholders invested in wastewater reuse and management in the textile industry with long term positive climate impact. The stakeholders include textile bodies, industry leaders, fashion businesses, young designers, artisans and consumers to drive conversation about wastewater generated by the textile and water industry. The ReFashion Hub strives to:
Raise awareness and drive conversation about wastewater generated by the fashion industry
Call for commitment from textile bodies, industry leaders, fashion businesses to reduce the fashion water footprint and for treatment of textile wastewater
Engage with government departments to strengthen implementation of policies on reuse or management of textile wastewater
Read more about the initiative here https://c4rb.
Circular Apparel Policy Innovation Lab
CRB is leading an initiative titled the Circular Apparel Policy Innovation Lab (CAPIL) that is funded by the Laudes Foundation. CRB is supported by Intellecap and Fashion for Good in CAPIL. CAPIL has been set up with the objective to explore and suggest policy interventions required for enabling a circular economy transition in the textile and apparel sector in India.
Read more about the initiative here.
Exploring The Feasibility Of Developing A Multi-Stakeholder Platform
CRB in association with Novozymes in 2019 conducted workshops and in 2018 directed a scoping exercise on promoting circular economy practices in textile manufacturing by engaging with manufacturers and other stakeholders in Delhi NCR. The aim of this initiative was to create basic awareness and understanding any textile manufacturers & other key stakeholders on opportunities and challenges in promoting transition towards circular apparel, CRB would use their experience in creating a following initiative to engage with policymakers and influencers on circular apparel in India. This would attribute towards creating an ecosystem for circular apparel.
Various Multi-stakeholder fora
As part of its annual international conference, CRB has hosted a number of sessions on labour and human rights related social sustainability issues in partnership with the OECD, Sustainable Apparel Coalition, Embassy of the Netherlands (India) in 2015, 2016 and 2017 (refer: www.sustainabilitystandards.in)
Under the aegis of Ministry of Textiles. Driving Industry towards Sustainable Human Capital Advancement (DISHA) was conceptualized as a first-of-its-kind industry-owned and supplier driven initiative. The program aimed to facilitate and prepare the Indian apparel industry, especially small and medium enterprises, towards becoming more socially and environmentally responsible.
Rights & Responsibilities programme (R&R programme)
This program focuses on addressing low awareness and associated issues pertaining to garment factory workers and their Rights and Responsibilities (refer: https://rnrinfofilm.weebly.com/). It was designed through a joint effort by H&M, Carrefour, S.Oliver, Walmart, Tesco, M&S, Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) and CRB, also supported by Primark and Mothercare.
Globally, the textile sector has witnessed a shift towards sustainable practices driven by a number of factors. Across the textile value chain, stakeholders have become more aware of the impacts of their decisionmaking. Consumer buying behaviour ultimately dictates the decisions of brands and manufacturers and awareness among consumers and other stakeholders has prompted brands to increase transparency in their supply chains, with clear responsibility on manufacturers, suppliers and raw material providers to make sure their processes are environmentally and socially sustainable. It has now been widely accepted that Circular Economy or Circularity in the textile and apparel sector (circular apparel) can provide some of the solutions. Circular economy is an economic system where materials and energy circulate in loops and stay within the value chain, as opposed to a linear system of take-make-dispose. In a circular economy the concept of waste is eliminated, material value is reused, recycled, and repurposed.
This Factsheet provides an overview of CRB’s initiatives and activities in the field of Initiatives on Circular Apparel and the way forward.