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Creating a Circular Economy for Workwear

Jun 02
Date and time
Wed, 02 June  @  12:00  -  13:00
Price
Free of charge to members and non-members of BITC
Location
Webinar
Audience
Open to BITC members and non-members, CSR/responsible business practitioners/managers, Environment/sustainability practitioners/managers, Supply chain/procurement practitioners/managers
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Audience

Open to BITC members and non-members, CSR/responsible business practitioners/managers, Environment/sustainability practitioners/managers and Supply chain/procurement practitioners/managers
Free of charge to members and non-members of BITC

Wed, 02 June 2021  @  12:00  –  13:00

In this webinar we will discuss Business in the Community’s (BITC) circular workwear initiative, which seeks to bring scale to circularity in the UK corporate workwear market. This can be achieved by identifying circular procurement criteria and then adopting circular business models, encompassing areas such as garment design, use, and zero waste end-of-use solutions. 

About the webinar
Corporate workwear accounts for a relatively small 1.5% – or 16,000 tonnes – of all clothing sold in the UK. However it is estimated that 90% is sent to landfill or incineration after use, a greater proportion than for clothing as a whole¹.  Efforts to date have clearly defined the issue and the solutions required but have not yet managed to achieve sufficient scale and momentum for sustained results. 

Through this webinar and our ongoing project, BITC aims to encourage its members to work with their suppliers to accelerate the transition to sustainable workwear. Through Phase 1 (January – May 2021) a series of roundtable conversations and interviews with our members and their workwear supply chain are helping to establish a baseline understanding of circular economy practices in current workwear procurement. We will share this information during this session as well as set out recommended criteria and considerations which procurers can adopt at scale. 

Audience
This event is open to both BITC members and non-members. It is suitable for CSR/responsible business managers/practitioners, environment managers/practitioners and supply chain/procurement managers/practitioners.

A circular economy
BITC’s Time to Fix Up report identified the shift to a circular economy as a key priority for businesses looking to Build Back Responsibly from COVID-19.  While not the only answer, circular economy principles present a compelling template for companies to build resilience into value chains and accelerate the pathway to a net zero carbon economy.  

Find out more about BITC’s work on the circular economy.

Contact details and further information
For more information, contact Annette Ettarh, Events Manager at BITC.

Full joining instructions will be sent before the event.

Following government advice on social distancing, all BITC events over the coming months will be delivered remotely via digital technology.


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References
¹ Textiles reports and trials. Available at wrap.org.uk.