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British Fashion Council to create 'world-leading circular fashion ecosystem' with Government funding

Tue 14 Jun 2022 | 01:24 pm GMT
Rob Hutchins | Products of Change Writer

The BFC will kickstart a Fashion Industry Sustainable Change programme using an £80 million funding injection from the British Government

The British Fashion Council has set out its plan to create a ‘world leading circular fashion ecosystem’, making use of an £80 million injection of government funding to help progress the fashion sector towards a more sustainable future. According to the BFC, the funding caps years of talks between British officials and will be used to set up a ten-year Fashion Industry Sustainable Change Programme. At an address made at 10 Downing Street last week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, said: “I am delighted to support this brilliant industry as it moves forward with a ten-year programme bringing opportunities across the UK to meet our Government Climate Action Plan of environmental and societal change.” The aim of the programme is to create a “world-leading, circular fashion ecosystem with innovation and creativity front and centre to deliver local ecosystems focused on recycling, innovation, and new, circular business models.” The Sustainable Change Programme will include the first, industry-led Centre of Excellence, which will be housed within the BFC’s Institute of Positive Fashion. This Centre of Excellence will convene industry leaders, such as designers, retailers, manufacturers, academics, and trade organisations including UK Fashion and Textiles and the British Retail Consortium. Stephanie Phair, Chair of the British Fashion Council, said: “Imagine, ten years from now, a city like Leeds retaining its role as a key part of the fashion and textiles industry and an example of a circular city with reprocessing plants, and energised high streets with takeback schemes where product is broken down, re-spun, and made to create new fabrics. “The fashion industry is a big part of the problem, so we must be a big part of the solution. We need to address how we design, source, produce, ship, market product, shop, and deal with waste that currently goes to landfill.”
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