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Increasing the circularity of fashion - Accelerator session at WCEF2022

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11:15 - 12:30 CET


Circular fashion WCEF


UNIDO, UNEP, MedWaves, SWITCH to Green Facility, Chatham House, and Circle Economy are organising an accelerator session at the upcoming World Circular Economy Forum 2022 on the topic of

Increasing the circularity of fashion: What circular approaches can contribute to reducing the footprint of the textile and garment industry?

The global textile and garment sector accounts for a significant proportion of global carbon emissions and requires considerable amounts of resources. Circular business models and design can reduce the negative impacts of textile production and consumption by retaining the value of textiles, extending their life cycles, and increasing the usage of recycled materials. This hybrid accelerator session will look into the required technical, social, and business innovation, supported by policy, education and changes in production and consumption practices, and is intended for policy makers, business leaders, practitioners, and the interested public.

Date and time: Thursday, 8 December at 12:15-13:30 CAT (11:15-12:30 CET) 
Location: Marriot Hotel, Kigali, Rwanda and online (hybrid event) 

If you wish to attend this accelerator session in-person, in Kigali, Rwanda, please register by submitting the following form.

Due to limited capacity, applications are on a first-come-first-serve basis, and registration is open until 1 December 12:00 PM CET. 


If you wish to attend this accelerator session online, please register by submitting the following form, no later than 6 December 12:00 PM CET. 

Presentation Speaker(s)

Intervention by European Commission


Mr Gaetan Ducrou, International relations officer, DG ENV

Presentation on a study on circular strategies for the textile industry


Ms. Hatty COOPER,  Director of Governments and Institutions, Circle Economy


Ms. Esther GOODWIN BROWN, Circular Jobs Initiative Lead, Circle Economy  

Presentation on the green entrepreneurs’ perspective: Circular business opportunities in the southern Mediterranean – how can businesses lead the way to sustainable fashion?


Ms. Ferda ULUTAS ISEVI, Sustainability and Circular Economy Senior Consultant, Business Council for Sustainable Development Türkiye

Presentation on the brands’ perspective: Nudie Jeans


Ms. Eliina BRINKBERG, Environmental Manager, Nudie Jeans

Panel discussion and Q&A


All participants, moderated by Alexander CHARALAMBOUS, Team Leader, SWITCH 2 Green Facility