Forum for the Future and Textile Exchange, two non-profits concerned with sustainability, have rolled out a ten-year vision for man-made cellulosic fibres (MMCF), such as viscose, modal and lyocell, in a bid to create a greener textile industry.
The ‘MMCF 30: Envisioning the Future of Man-Made Cellulosic Fibres’ report notes MMCF is the second most important cellulosic fibre group after cotton and adds it has huge potential in the sustainable sphere including regenerating ecosystems and ensuring the health of carbon sinks, which play a key role in stabilising the Earth’s climate.
The MMCF 2030 Vision sets out five components where the value chain has real potential to contribute to resilience and regeneration at this critical moment and into the future: regenerating ecosystems; producing zero harm; enabling circular systems; creating prosperity and; upholding rights.
The report says a great deal of activity is taking place already underneath these components and enablers. The purpose of the Vision is to help bridge gaps between existing initiatives, standards and the bigger whole, through the adoption of a systems approach.
It calls upon the sector to collectively respond to what society and the planet need: resilience and regeneration from source to finished product and beyond.
- For producers, the Vision brings together all the different elements they are working towards in one consolidated whole.
- For brands, the Vision provides a consolidated set of ambitions that their sourcing can contribute to.
- For not-for-profits and other change makers, the Vision shows how their work is contributing to the greater whole and supports their ambitions.
- For everyone, the Vision provides a shared sense of direction and a recognition of what is needed to get there. It sharpens the focus on what everyone can contribute their best skills to.
Authors note it is not a formal commitment document or standard against which organisations will be measured. It should be used instead to test existing strategies against what is needed to meet Net Positive ambitions, thus informing future research, investment and other priorities.
It also seeks to encourage exploring new forms of partnerships, to enable learning and access to new resources for accelerated impact.
“The MMCF 2030 Vision comes at a time when the textile and apparel industries are grappling with the significant and lasting disruption caused by climate change and the Covid-19 pandemic. Co-convened by Forum for the Future and Textile Exchange, and co-created by the most significant industry players and stakeholders in the MMCF value chain, the Vision outlines how MMCF could revolutionise the global textile industry by realising truly circular fashion, regenerating ecosystems, providing vital carbon sinks, and growing community resilience and prosperity,” the two organisations say.
“It calls on businesses and industry actors across the value chain to align with the Vision’s goals and act together to build a resilient industry that is good for both society and planet.”