Before humans, there was no such thing as ‘waste’. The Earth was this healthy, self-sufficient, thriving planet, operating in a balanced and circular manner, zen as shit. Yet, since the first industrial revolution, humankind has been extracting, modifying, manufacturing, manipulating and then simply discarding resources. According to a report produced by Circle Economy earlier this year at the annual World Economic Forum, only 9% of the world today is circular, leaving a ginormous ‘circularity gap’. So how do we close this gap?
The fashion Industry has a problem. It’s called sustainability. Cumulatively, the fashion industry produces approximately 20 per cent of all global water waste. Additionally, 85 per cent of textiles end up in landfills or are incinerated, when most of these materials could be reused. Yet over the last few years, the fashion industry and its consumers have finally started focusing more on the humungous problem of sustainability.