A new ‘data sandbox’ for the UK fashion and textiles sector will pave the way for circular economy principles to be embedded across supply chains.
We are delighted to announce that the project, led by QSA Partners in collaboration with UK Fashion and Textile Association, the British Fashion Council, University of Exeter and supported by the British Retail Consortium, will lay the ground for a new extended producer responsibility (EPR) system that will give all supply chain players incentives to ensure clothes and other textile products can be reused, refurbished and resold.
Funded by Innovate UK’s ‘Circular Economy for SMEs’ initiative the project sees the UK fashion and textiles industry unite to tackle the potential costly impacts of future producer responsibility. The aim is to create a market-based EPR system that is dynamic, flexible and adapts to the emergence of new technologies, retail systems and consumer behaviour while enabling a step-change in the adoption of circular approaches.
A range of producers will be involved to assess garment level data such as fibre composition, fibre type, which will improve understanding of the potential levers for different EPR mechanisms and how these impact different parts of the supply chain.
For more information, see the full press release here
If you are a brand, retailer, platform or any other producer of garments and want to find out how to participate in the project, please contact us email@example.com