BFC recently welcomed industry experts at its annual IPF Forum in London, which featured visionary keynotes, practical workshops, and panel discussions aimed at fostering collaboration and driving positive change across the fashion industry.

This was followed by audience breakout sessions facilitated by IPF Forum Delivery Collaborator, Deloitte, and designed to bring together peers across industry.

BFC outlined some common themes from the discussions including circular business models, recycling for circularity, sustainable manufacturing and novel discussions. The discussions also highlighted the importance of industry-wide collaboration, regulatory support, and consumer education in transitioning to more sustainable and circular practices.

Key takeaways emphasised the inseparable link between social and environmental considerations, the need for increased regulation and accountability, and the pivotal role of citizens in driving sustainable choices.

BFC shared that this year’s event also included the fourth iteration of the Future of Fashion Innovation showcase and a display from the Student Fabric Initiative which showcased student designs from BFC Colleges Council member universities using deadstock fabrics, powered by The Materialist.

Caroline Rush, chief executive at British Fashion Council (BFC), said: “At the beginning of the day, we talked about industry-wide collaboration and the importance of the industry coming together to navigate the move from an era of voluntary action on climate change to an era of one driven by regulation. Today, we have focused on tangible actions for businesses, government and citizens who are navigating this change, adapting their thinking, mindsets and business models for a lower carbon future with circularity at the core.

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“We have discussed the Circular Fashion Innovation Network, a landmark example of industry-wide collaboration with BFC, UKFT and UKRI and today has explored in detail the strategic themes of Circular Business Models, Recycling for Circularity, Sustainable Manufacturing as well as Novel Technologies, Skills and Green Growth.”

In September last year, BFC partnered with eBay on second circular fashion fund, offering a total of £100,000 to small businesses, social enterprises and charities focused on circular fashion technology and solutions.