Courtney Holm, AFC member and founder of ethical Melbourne-based fashion brand A.BCH, has launched a new platform called Circular Sourcing to help keep Australian surplus fabrics in use and out of landfill.
The roadmap to clothing circularity is a guide to how our industry can transform from a linear clothing lifecycle - take, make and dispose – to a circular clothing lifecycle - reduce, reuse and recycle – by 2030.
AFC’s FashTech Lab helps Australian fashion brands transition from physical to digital sampling and the results from the first pilot program are in, with participants reducing sampling costs by 50% and sampling time from 12 weeks to just 4 weeks.
Through a partnership with the ReclAIMEd program, brands get the opportunity to enhance their brand’s ethical and environmental sustainability, reduce waste and support the educational mentorships of marginalised kids in need.
Aside from giving these clothes that were donated from Thread Togethers fashion partners a new life and reverting them from landfill, it was a fantastic time to get to know each other and interact outside the confines of zoom.
On 2 February the AFC and Consortium members held our first open industry session to start the conversation around co-designing a National Clothing Product Stewardship Scheme: A Roadmap to Clothing Circularity in Australia.
By removing friction points and collaborating with technology partners, the AFC FashTech Lab will create an industry-backed, commercially-viable pathway to help small businesses to increase sustainability through digital design workflows.
The AFC is excited to release the findings from a new report commissioned to EY, and supported by Afterpay. It is the most comprehensive study of the entire fashion and textile ecosystem in Australia, highlighting a $27.2 billion contribution to the Australian economy in 2020-21.