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World Circular Textiles Day 2050 celebrates progress towards fully circular economy this October

Two hands holding a pile of denim gsrments
  • Written byTash Payne
  • Published date27 September 2021
Two hands holding a pile of denim gsrments
Credit: Circular Economy Amsterdam

UAL’s Centre for Circular Design (CCD) is marking World Circular Textiles Day on Friday 8 October 2021. WCTD2021: Report, reflect, celebrate will recognise the progress – and the challenges remaining – in achieving a fully circular textiles world by 2050.

We welcome you to a 2-hour online event featuring a mixture of live and pre-recorded sessions. Speakers will join us from the broad range of founding signatories who pledged in World Circular Textiles Day’s inaugural year to work towards this ambitious goal. Caroline Rush, Chief Executive of the British Fashion Council, will speak alongside representatives from many international businesses and organisations, including: Bank & Vogue, TEXAID, Lenzing, Accelerating Circularity and Recover.

We will be highlighting accomplishments across the industry, showing where progress has been made and exploring the big challenges in the ongoing quest to achieve full circularity by 2050. With the UN Climate Change Conference COP26 launching at the end of October, World Circular Textiles Day is a timely reminder of the action needed across all industries to address sustainability. UAL’s Climate Emergency Network is hosting a range of exciting activities in parallel with COP26: our Carnival of Crisis will focus on the role of creativity and the arts in tackling climate justice. The full programme will be released soon.

Take part in WCTD2021

If you are involved with a business, organisation or initiative working towards circularity, join our #RoadmapTo2050 to have your story highlighted on the day.

WCTD2021 takes place on Friday 8 October 2021 from 2pm to 4pm BST. Register your interest here. You will be sent details on how to join. A recording of the event will be available to watch after on WCTD’s YouTube channel.

World Circular Textiles Day seeks to galvanise people, organisations and businesses to reach a fully circular textiles world by 2050. This means keeping shared textile resources in continual circulation, replacing virgin resources with circular materials and achieving dignity, equity and equality for people involved in all parts of the circular value chain. The mission of the event is to provide a framework for circularity stakeholders to deliver a collaborative, evolving roadmap and chart circularity’s momentum annually on 8 October until 2050.