The high volume, low quality and low price fast fashion model has been economically successful for fashion companies, but extremely detrimental to the environment.
According to the Pulse of the Fashion industry report produced by Global Fashion Agenda and the Boston Consulting, by 2030 global apparel consumption will rise by 63 percent. While many companies offer take-back programs and encourage the donation of unwanted items to charities, the fashion industry is in need of a circular practice.
In Scotland, the Circular Economy Bill, which is on hold due to COVID-19, includes actions around fast fashion and reporting of surplus stock. In addition, the country offers significant government funded support for organizations looking to investigate circular economy options.
There are many Scottish fashion industry organizations doing great things. A Lanarkshire company is specializing in clothing rental, a Tayside cashmere manufacturer is investigating the use of wool mill offcuts for remanufacturing and an Edinburgh baby and toddler clothes subscription service is offering a wardrobe package for children up to 3 years old that can be returned when they need larger sizes and new clothing is supplied.
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