In a fashion market that favours fast returns over sustainability, setting-up and running a business with circularity at its core is an uphill battle.
A new study drafted by Ecopreneur.eu as part of our “Fashion for Change” project confronts some of the common business challenges with proven solutions and recommendations: “Supporting Sustainable Fashion Designers, Start-Ups and SMEs in the Circular Economy” finds that in order to overcome systemic challenges, these companies need capacity building support, especially from local communities and access to online networks.
The report therefore recommends a hybrid model that interconnects physical local competence centres like Circular Acceleration Houses with digital platforms to provide easy access to relevant information, contacts and online tools along with specific training, coaching and funding programmes. At the same time, the study underlines the need for effective policy instruments to mainstream sustainable business models and circular fashion in the long term.
As a practical contribution, the Fashion For Change website offers a “Virtual Knowledge Hub” featuring a number of available solutions, contacts, and other practical resources. Designed as an interactive tool, the Hub allows users to recommend and upload additional items themselves as well as joining a discussion forum.
Find all the insights, recommendations and resources at https://www.fashionforchange.eu/knowledge-hub/learn/