The All Good(s) event on October 1st was long anticipated as a complementary event to our virtual Circular Design Sprint taking place earlier this year back in May and in June. With all hygiene requirements in place and with a fabulous team of organisers and as equally wonderful participants, we made it happen! Read on to learn more about how the circular fashion workshop and the debate went by.
The event was powered by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Berlin under curation of All Good(s) program in co-production with ANCB The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory, facilitated by circular.fashion and Sqetch, and supported by Berlin Partner.
The discussion on transition to circular economy is currently gaining momentum both in the Netherlands and in Germany, particularly outlining the necessity of the revaluation of material-use and the development of new materials.
The focus of the All Good(s) event on October 1st was to facilitate the knowledge exchange and the dialogue between Dutch and German policy makers and industry representatives on the topics of textile innovations and policies needed to enable a sustainable and circular economy transformation in the long run.
Circular Design Sprint Wrap Up Workshop
The first part of the All Good(s) event was dedicated to wrap up workshop with the participants of the past Circular Design Sprint.
Here are some facts and figures on the Circular Design Sprint taking place in May and in June:
During the workshop part of the All Good(s) event, our 5 teams have come together once again (physically and virtually) to wrap up their key challenges and obstacles together with key learnings and opportunities of the Circular Design sprint.
As a result of a brainstorming session, circular fashion entrepreneurs came up with a list of policy recommendations based on stakeholder, service and system analyses. The top 5 recommendations for pushing sustainable and circular practices into the textile industry were:
- Establishing a deposit system for clothing
- Penalising landfill of textiles
- Developing educational policies
- Initialising a Circular Investment Fund
- Providing tax benefits for circular business practices
These policy recommendations were taken into the stakeholders discussion during the evening’s part of the All Good(s) event.
All Good(s) Circular Fashion Public Debate
The evening part of the All Good(s) event facilitated an open debate on circular fashion among Dutch and German policy makers and representatives from the industry.
Both the Netherlands and Germany are continuously developing innovative solutions to tackle the pollution occuring from the fashion industry. The latest amendments on the policy-making level were including the implementation of new policy programmes for circular textiles (NL) and revising Circular Economy laws together with reporting the Resource Efficiency programme (DE).
The transition to “New Textile Economy” was largely discussed during the panel by:
- Dr. Ulf Jaeckel, Head of Division for Sustainable Consumption and Product-related Environmental Protection at German Ministry for the Environment, Natural Conservation and Nuclear Safety
- Arnoud Passenier, Dutch Ministry for Infrastructure and Watermanagement
- Ina Budde, CEO at circular.fashion
- Arianna Nicoletti, CEO at Green Fashion Tours and Circular Textiles Lead at Circular Berlin
- Marte Hentschel, CEO at Sqetch (Panel moderator)
The policy makers and industry representatives exchanged thoughts and experiences on how to push the circular economy and which improvements on a policy-making level as well as within the industry are needed for it. You can watch the full recording of the panel discussion here.
We would like to thank everyone involved in the event and our spectacular participants!
Let’s shape the industry together!
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