• The core partners of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's Make Fashion Circular initiative have been named.
  • The announcement was made at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit taking place this week. 
  • Made possible by C&A Foundation and Walmart Foundation, the initiative will develop solutions to some of the biggest issues faced by the fashion industry.
Burberry, H&M, Nike, Stella McCartney and Gap Inc are the core partners of the Make Fashion Circular initiative

Burberry, H&M, Nike, Stella McCartney and Gap Inc are the core partners of the Make Fashion Circular initiative

Burberry, H&M, Nike, Stella McCartney and Gap Inc have been named as the core partners of an initiative driven by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to develop solutions to some of the biggest issues faced by the fashion industry.

Announced today (16 May) at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit, the core partners of the Make Fashion Circular initiative, will work with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to "radically redesign" the fashion industry.

Together they will deliver the solutions needed to meet the changing demands and expectations of society, and address the issues that have seen the fashion industry become one of the most polluting and wasteful operating today, the Foundation says.

A further 16 stakeholders, including city authorities, fashion producers, designers, and brands have also joined the initiative as participants. DuPont Biomaterials, Fung Group, Hallotex, I:Collect, Inditex, Kering, Lenzing Group, London Waste and Recycling Board, Nanushka, Primark, RadiciGroup, Solvay, Texaid, Tintex Textiles, VF Corporation, and WL Gore and Associates are among them.

The group will help drive momentum towards the vision for a circular economy for fashion, first set out in the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's 2017 report 'A new textiles economy: Redesigning fashion's future'.

Participants of the Make Fashion Circular initiative, which is being supported by C&A Foundation and Walmart Foundation, will unite behind three key principles to create a system that delivers benefits for citizens, the environment, and businesses:

  • Business models that keep clothes in use;
  • Materials that are renewable and safe;
  • Solutions that turn used clothes into new clothes.

According to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, by working towards this new vision, the fashion industry can capture US$460bn currently lost due to the under-utilisation of clothes. Meanwhile, an additional US$100bn from clothing that could be used, but is currently lost to landfill and incineration, can also be captured, it says.

"For the fashion industry to thrive in the future we must replace the take-make-dispose model, which is worn out. We need a circular economy for fashion in which clothes are kept at their highest value and designed from the outset to never end up as waste," says Ellen MacArthur, founder of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. "By joining forces to Make Fashion Circular we can harness the creativity and innovation that is at the heart of this US$1.3 trillion industry to create a system that delivers benefits for everyone."