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Embracing a circular economy will be key in ensuring that global production and consumption are in line with sustainability targets. By focusing on the principles of a circular economy, the 5 Rs of Reducing, Repairing, Reselling, Refurbishing and Recycling, the circularity model allows manufacturers to increase the life-cycle of a product, reduce waste and optimize water consumption, while simultaneously optimizing supply chains to build a sustainable business model. 

This report is an examination of how logistics can enable consumer goods industries, particularly those in textiles, apparel and consumer goods, to tackle the climate crisis and other environmental challenges by helping to close the supply chain loop.

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The Status Quo: The Environmental Impact of Fashion and Consumer Electronics

The Potential of Circularity Is Significant

With 80% of emissions of an average fashion or consumer electronics item accruing during production and manufacturing, extending the product lifetime as much as possible is imperative. Second-life items, for instance, cause 60-75% fewer emissions than new items produced from virgin materials. The potential positive impact that circularity can have in these two industries on promoting sustainability is significant.

Watch Now: Three webinars on the Circular Economy

How can we make supply chains more circular?

Moving to a circular economy model would benefit many industries, but the opportunity in consumer goods – particularly fashion and consumer electronics – merits a closer look. The transition to circularity is built on the redesign of supply chains: optimizing production volumes and materials, extending product lifecycles, launching novel use models, and developing new solutions for end-of-life recycling.

Circular Economy in the Technology Industry

Major players in the technology industry are actively adopting the circular economy model, by adjusting their production processes and recovering old devices from customers to give them a second life or recover valuable parts. In our webinar we spoke with guests from Lenovo and Cisco about these challenges and discussed potential solutions for rolling out and scaling up circular economy solutions.

Circular Economy: Fashion Industry Deep Dive

As the third-highest contributor to global greenhouse gases, the fashion & textile industry needs to embrace the circular economy to stay in line with defined sustainability targets. In this webinar, we invited speakers from the British Fashion Council and Trove to discuss the challenges and opportunities of scaling up circular economy principles in the fashion & textile industry and the future role of logistics.

The Transformation to a Circular Economy

In this white paper, we have identified 3 core enablers and 10 building blocks along the value chain of a product that allow for a successful transition from supply chains to supply loops. These range from innovative materials and product design, to on-demand production, smart product return, reusable packaging, new use concepts and asset collection and recycling. Above all, circular consumer practices must be incentivized, supply chains redesigned, and visibility and orchestration enabled to support a circular economy.

Collective Action: We All Have a Part to Play

While brands and manufacturers play a central role in determining the level of circularity that can be achieved, in order to make the transition to a circular economy successful and rewarding for all, a concerted effort from four stakeholders is needed: brands and manufacturers, regulators, consumers and logistics players. 

Delivering on Circularity: Pathways for Fashion and Consumer Electronics

An examination of circularity’s potential to help the fashion and consumer electronics industries to reduce emissions and curb waste by helping to close the supply chain loop.

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