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Circular Economy in Textile

In the past few days, Business Of Fashion conducted a three and a half hour broadcast called Closing the Sustainability Gap of Fashion on its own digital platform. By hosting valuable people from the textile world around the world, they discussed the issue of sustainability from a very broad perspective. This issue has been on the table for a long time. It is thought that much progress has been made since it is spoken in detail by all segments, but there are so many missing parts, open issues and a distance that needs to be closed that when you start listening, you realize that they can only work in the next 10-15 years.

Edwin Keh, CEO of The HK Research of Textile and Apparel, who participated in the program as a speaker at these times when the Textile Industry was shown as the second-degree responsible for environmental pollution in the world, pointed out very important points. He started his speech by explaining that 40 billion tons of goods are thrown away every year and emphasized that these wastes are not actually waste and should be reintroduced to the economy.

What does circular economy mean?

While the traditional linear economy adopts the produce-dispose model, the circular economy offers us a build well-buy well-resell model. It aims to obtain maximum value from quality goods by encouraging product use as long as possible. In fact, this opens the doors of sustainable textiles by giving us the opportunity to enter the cycle of these products, which are called waste and devalued because they are not produced or sold. The circular economy promotes the reuse of everything from manufactured goods to the materials used in their packaging.

On the other hand, how can this concept, which is not interesting even at the time of writing, be made something interesting for consumers? With the influence of advertising and marketing around the world, we have always been motivated to buy newer ones even though we don't need them for years. We thought that we were renewed and up-to-date with every product we bought. We felt richer, more different. However, all of these could not go beyond trying to fill the void within us with materialism.

In recent years, we are thinking hard on how we can provide the opposite advertisement and motivation for a sustainable life. Those who see the environmental effects and universal damages of excessive consumption and production try to raise their voices and inform the society and change the direction they go. They show the gravity of the situation and lead them to change their shopping habits. Despite all this, unfortunately, efforts are not enough.

From this point, we can realize that everything we produce and consume belongs to all of us, and when we do not use our resources with respect, we have to pay for it as a whole world. The only deficiency of the products we call waste that is not produced and consumed is not the quantity but that it is no more new!

One last thing , I would like to say is about to become outdated to think that we are renewed by constantly buying new things. To be able to add meaning to our lives saying we not me in the consciousness that is new and that we want to belong to, and to be able to leave a useful trace in this world with every choice we make, even if we know that we will die. Thus to be able to understand the life cycle, at least a little.


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