Ellen MacArthur and Stella McCartney call for "new textile economy"

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Stella McCartney and Ellen MacArthur

Sustainability champion Ellen MacArthur and designer Stella McCartney have joined forces to push for radical changes of the “outdated” textile economy.

Based on the Ellen MacArthur report ‘A new textiles economy: Redesigning fashion’s future’, the pair are now calling for cross industry collaborations to help reduce the fashion industry’s environmental impacts.

Clothes release half a million tonnes of microfibres into the ocean each year- the equivalent to more than 50 billion plastic bottles, according to the report.

It estimated $500 billion value is lost every year due to clothing that’s barely worn and rarely recycled.

Ellen MacArthur said: “Today’s textile industry is built on an outdated linear, take-make-dispose model and is hugely wasteful and polluting.

“The report presents an ambitious vision of a new system, based on circular economy principles, that offers benefits to the economy, society, and the environment. We need the whole industry to rally behind it.”

Industry leaders including H&M, Lenzing, and Nike have all endorsed the report, which can be downloaded here.

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