The Australian Circular Fashion Conference 2018

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The Australian Circular Fashion Conference 2018

Retail fashion corporations look to circular practice for future growth...

With mounting environmental pressure, Australia’s disposable fashion crisis is helping forge new alliances between the recycling sector and advocacy groups. This year, a group of industry advocacy specialists and Australia’s most renowned sustainability experts have joined forces to announce The Australian Circular Fashion Conference.

Set for 2018, the event seeks to be Australia’s first-ever one-day conference designed to build economically viable means to practice sustainable and circular manufacturing practices. In doing so, the group aims to offer an event that is, specifically tailored as an educational platform for the largest retail fashion companies looking to grow year on year.

To help make this happen, Australian Circular Fashion (ACF) is chatting with several industry bodies, including the Council of Textile and Fashion, Australia Post, and Inside Retail, in undertaking a clear path for growth by developing new levels of commitment for the fashion industry.

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DISRUPTION & GROWTH

ACF lead organiser, Camille Reed, pointed out that conventional manufacturing processes were likely to be disrupted by 2020 following the rapid innovation and international policy changes affecting the clothing, textile, and footwear industries. Through environmental stewardship and improving manufacturing best practices, Australian Fashion retail manufacturers stand to gain upwards of $10 million in offshore operating revenue over the next 3-5 years. Through agile supply chain management, brands can increase profitable growth by 20% annually paired with renewable technology - as proven by NRDC’s Clean By Design Program.

"At ACF, we believe the importance of uniformity from the nation’s fashion industry holds enormous power over international brands, (with stores in Australia), and hosting specialised events, such as the conference, encourage social impact for positive change, which will be felt for generations to come.” Camille Reed

SUSTAINABILITY MANAGEMENT & CIRCULARITY

A company’s approach to sustainability management is indicative of how it deals with stakeholders in general, including consumers, regulators, and shareholders. It can serve as a proxy of management quality.

Camille Reed said ACF was unequivocal in its belief that retail companies are very unaware of the opportunity and market resources Australia has to become an innovative leader that can inspire world market change towards responsible fashion.

“There are currently no Australian fashion companies who are investing heavily in the production of fully circularity or sustainable apparel, and there is a huge environmental and societal need for this to change.” Camille Reed

ACF will continue to seek efficient, practical, and sustainable options for the fashion industry through discussion with all parties of the resources and textile sector.

“What we’re working towards is a long term investment for the community and industry, embracing innovation from other countries by learning and collaborating with Australian experts. The beauty of fashion is, the flexibility to be inventive and creative. I believe this is how we can see the transition for modernisation in current fashion production.” Camille Reed
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WANT TO KNOW MORE ? 

The Australian Circular Fashion Conference event will be country’s first ever event focussed on fashion sustainability and supporting economically viable growth, for the future prosperity of Australia’s fashion retail businesses.

THE EVENT | 22 MARCH 2018 | SMC Function Centre, SYDNEY

Participation and attendance for the event is strictly focussed to businesses and organisations, not the general public. 

For more information on and tickets to The Australian Circular Fashion Conference, visit the website below, or contact the event organiser Camille Reed via:  Phone: +61 421 860 594 | Email: hello@bymili.com.au