Circular Leap Asia empowers supply chains across Asia to fast-track solutions towards a circular economy in the apparel industry.

The Challenge

Valuable apparel and material are increasingly being sent to landfills or incinerated, as national waste and recycling infrastructures struggle to cope. Clothing production has doubled from 2000 to 2014 due to the explosive expansion of fast fashion; with the average person buying 60% more clothing items now compared to in 2000.

The apparel sector is awake to the potential of disruptive technological solutions and new business models that will enable the vision of a circular apparel value chain globally.  We need to shift current practice to the point where safe materials are used in circularity, water is restored, energy is clean and biodiversity is valued and improved.

Brands and disruptive innovators may have interest in driving and implementing circularity however are often faced with the risks of high upfront capital investment. Their limited access to research and innovation ecosystems further restricts the ability to leverage their specific manufacturing and business competencies in bringing about a circular flow of value.  If left unaddressed, pilot solutions are likely to find that their supply chains lack the capacity to execute, cutting short ambition.

For more information check out this report by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation: A New Textiles Economy

Our Solution

We have designed Circular Leap Asia, an 18-month programme that will bring together a group of pioneering companies in the apparel value chain, to fast-track the implementation of circular innovations. The programme will also strategically build the new ecosystem of circular apparel practitioners in Asia.

We know that business model innovation often requires companies to access new capabilities and assets, as well as new relationships with existing or new business partners. A business model solidifies and thrives because it is set in within a configuration of several players with aligned interests and incentives.     

What can you do?

We’re inviting upstream companies including raw material, dye, fabric and textile manufacturers as well as logistics and supply chain providers to come on board as Challenge Partners.  Together we will work to understand what the circular economy means for your business, and co-create a map of where you can apply existing capabilities to unlock opportunities to transition to circular apparel.  

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