Circular economy – defined by the Ellen Macarthur Foundation as an economy which is regenerative by design and where materials and energy flow in closed loops within the value chain – can offer solutions to numerous sustainability issues faced by the world. Reduce, reuse, recycle, repair, redesign, refurbish and remanufacture, also known as the 7Rs, are the basic tenets if circular economy. In other words, circular economy is a way of conducting business which is less impactful towards the environment, and provides value to all stakeholders in the value chain. It also boosts business competitiveness. Ideally, a circular economy is driven wholly by renewable energy, and the concept of “waste” is eliminated by design. If adopted in a holistic manner, employing systems perspective, circular economy can help transform lives and livelihoods around the globe. It can help create robust, vibrant societies while reversing some of the harm done to the world’s ecosystems. Under the circular economy, CRB continues to work in various industry sectors like apparel & textiles, agriculture and IT & electronics among others.
Apparel & 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.
Status Paper on Circular Apparel for NITI Aayog
CRB is working with NITI Aayog on developing a status paper on circular economy in the textile and apparel sector in India (circular apparel). The paper will focus on the current state of the industry in relation with circular economy; structural challenges facing the sector; highlight the priority areas as captured under a framework on circular apparel developed by CRB such as energy, water, chemicals, technical textiles, etc.; examples of circular apparel initiatives in the sector; and policy recommendation/ ideas generated by CRB through stakeholder consultations and in-house research.
Circular Apparel Policy Innovation Lab
Globally, there is considerable momentum towards circular apparel, led by international brands. Therefore, Indian apparel suppliers/manufacturers can make substantial gain by demonstrating transition towards circularity. Given the complexity of such transitions, effective policymaking and implementation of circular economy is required – this needs coordination between relevant government organs viz. central government, sectoral/line ministries, central and state departments. Circular Apparel Policy Innovation Lab (CAPIL) is an initiative of CRB, supported by C&A Foundation, which will support well-informed policies and implementation mechanics to accelerate circular apparel in India. CRB has partnered with Intellecap and Fashion For Good in this initiative. The goal is to create an engagement platform that bridges the gap between policy makers and industry actors (brands, suppliers, input providers, innovators, associations, academia/experts) at state and national levels for accelerating transformation towards circular apparel. The initiative will leverage design thinking methods to develop ideas and concepts for policy interventions. It will focus on policy innovations that will drive a circular apparel industry, particularly in the following areas: (i) Raw materials (fabric innovations) (ii) Dyeing & finishing (wastewater and chemicals management), 3) Manufacturing (clean tech, energy, waste management, process innovations), (iv) Retail (innovative business models), (v) End-of-Use (waste reduction, upcycling) and (vi) Transparency & Traceability.
Read more about the project here.