The end goal of circular economy is to get rid of any wastage during the design process. However, in the current state of the world, this is more of an ideal than something that can be truly and regularly achieved. In a world where non-renewable energy, single-use plastic and overconsumption are so commonplace, it’s very difficult to be fully circular.
But is circular economy really the saving grace of the fashion industry? Does it have the tools to tackle fashion’s most severe problems? Can it be implemented during every step of the design and production process of sustainable fashion companies?
In recent years, much of the world’s fashion production has been outsourced to developing countries. However, this doesn’t just affect emissions from shipment – developing countries also rely on fossil fuels to power the factories where garments are made, producing even more emissions.