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5 takeaways from the new EU circular fashion strategy

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🗞️ Driving the news: The European Union announced new regulations targeting the fast fashion industry's environmental impact, focusing on transitioning from fast fashion to a sustainable, circular model 
Key takeaways include: (1) Encouraging the purchase of sustainable clothing, (2) Ensuring proper disposal and recycling of textile waste, (3) Reducing microplastics shedding from clothes, (4) Increasing transparency about product origins and sustainability, and (5) Implementing stricter regulations against greenwashing

🔭 The context: The fashion industry is a major environmental polluter, contributing to 10% of global carbon emissions and immense water usage 
Fast fashion's rise has led to increased consumption and waste, with significant impacts on water resources, landfill waste, and ocean pollution

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: This strategy represents a crucial step in mitigating the fashion industry's significant contributions to global water usage, landfill waste, and microplastic pollution 
By tackling these issues, the EU aims to significantly reduce the ecological footprint of one of the world's most polluting industries, fostering a more sustainable and environmentally friendly approach globally

⏭️ What's next: The implementation of these new regulations will potentially lead to major shifts in the global fashion industry 
Consumers will have access to more sustainable products, and companies will be held accountable for their environmental impact, paving the way for a more sustainable future in fashion

💬 One quote: "With clear policies and regulations to realise circularity in the entire textile supply chain, the EU is addressing the environmental challenges arising on both the demand and the supply side of the industry" (Roos van Keulen, dutch diplomat)

📈 One stat: The fashion industry is the world's third most polluting industry, with its emissions expected to account for a quarter of global emissions by 2050

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