Our Texonomy Vision and Benefits.
- We promote the reuse of Pakistan’s textile resources and champion the sustainable use of natural resources.
- We provide a clear pathway for the economic well-being of all of Pakistan’s textile stakeholders.
- We tackle the imminent challenges of climate change in Pakistan through innovation, collaboration, and science.
- We see securing the long-term health and safety of the people who produce and use textiles as sacrosanct.
What makes an Economy Circular?
“A circular economy is based on the principles of designing out waste and pollution, keeping products and materials in use, and regenerating natural systems.” For example see: ww.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org
Who are Key Stakeholders in a Texonomy?
Farmers, textile industry, policymakers, general public living next to textile industrial hubs (e.g. Faisalabad, Karachi etc.), researchers, campaigners
Potential impacts of a Texonomy:
- Economic Impacts: Generation of new business models that promote reuse of textile solid, water, and energy wastes.
- Environmental Impacts: Lowers pressure on arable land, fresh water, and landfill area.
- Social & Ethical Impacts: Benefits women and vulnerable groups who have limited income resources.
Tacking the Trade offs and Challenges facing a Texonomy
- New business models often require higher costs and additional capabilities.
- Anticipating slower growth in the textile industry.
- Managing impacts on job numbers and employment security for a huge young population of Pakistan.
- Addressing the lack of incentives to design for extended use life and Recyclability.
- Limited access to circular design know-how.
- Sustainability is not the consumer's most important purchasing decision driver.
Textile Circular Economy: Wider Global Context
- “Today’s fashion industry is valued at US$1.3 trillion dollars, employing more than 300 million people globally.”
- Each year people throw away apparel worth an estimated $460 billion that they could continue to wear.
- If the average number of times a garment is worn were doubled, greenhouse gas emissions from textiles would be 44% lower.”
- By moving to a circular system the industry can unlock a USD 560 billion economic opportunities.
- For examples see: pacecircular.org