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Product Stewardship Scheme Town Hall Meeting Notes

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 The AFC

10 February 2022

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.

With almost 400 industry members participating from all facets of the fashion and textile eco-system, we are off to a good start.
 

Thank you to everyone who registered and attended our very first Product Stewardship Scheme Town Hall Meeting. We are humbled at the amount of engagement, positivity and collaboration we saw during the Town Hall through the Chat and Q&As.
 

In case you missed it, you can watch the recording below and download the Q&A’s.
 

The Scheme aims to improve the design, recovery, reuse and recycling of textiles, providing a roadmap to 2030 for clothing circularity in Australia in line with National Waste Policy Action Plan targets. The development of this Scheme requires the entire industry to come together, to contribute and have your say in how the Scheme will deliver the best outcomes - environmentally, socially and economically.
 

We would like to thank Yatu Widders-Hunt who commenced our proceedings with a wonderful Acknowledgement of Country; The Minister for the Environment, The Hon. Sussan Ley, MP for her support and commitment to sustainability; John Gertsakis from the Product Stewardship Centre for Excellence; Industry speakers Chris Foley (Kmart Group), Eloise Bishop (Country Road Group) and Courtney Holm (A.BCH); Consortium members, Omer Soker (Charitable Recycling Australia), Dr Alice Payne (QUT), Peter Allan (SRU), Claire Kneller (WRAP) and Leila Naja Hibri (AFC); Key collaborators, National Retail Association (NRA), Australian Retailers Association (ARA), Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association (WMRR) and Australian Council of Recycling (ACOR), and dozens of other stakeholders across the entire clothing value chain including brands, retailers, industry, academia and federal, state and local governments.
 

WATCH THE WEBINAR RECORDING HERE:


 

RESPONSES TO YOUR QUESTIONS HERE:
Throughout the session we tried to respond to as many of your questions in the time we had. For those questions we missed go to this link where you will find responses against the key themes that arose.
 

If you would like to join 'Scheme Design' workshops, or 'Industry Roadmap' workshops, or suggest a sub-segment you may like to work on with others in that area please register your interest here or email the consortium members directly, contact details below.
 

The Consortium will hold sessions with our Collaborators and Reference Group members over the coming months to develop the Scheme in more detail. We will then test our work with you.
 
 

THE CONSORTIUM

LEILA NAJA HIBRI
CEO, Australian Fashion Council
 

ALEX BOWEN
Project Manager, National Clothing Stewardship Scheme
Australian Fashion Council
abowen@ausfashioncouncil.com
 

OMER SOKER
CEO, Charitable Recycling Australia
omer@charitablerecycling.org.au
 

DR ALICE PAYNE
Associate Professor - Fashion, School Of Design, QUT.
a1.payne@qut.edu.au
 

PETER ALLAN
CEO, Sustainable Resource Use
peter.allan@sru.net.au
 

CLAIRE KNELLER
Head Of Asia Pacific, WRAP
claire.kneller@wrap.org.uk
 
 

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