Scotland’s sustainable clothing firm, ACS (Advanced Clothing Solutions), has joined the leading circular economy network, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, as an emerging innovator.
Driven by design, a circular economy eliminates waste and pollution, keeps products and materials in use, and regenerates natural systems, creating benefits for society, the environment, and the economy. Increasingly based on renewable energy and materials, it is a distributed, diverse, and inclusive economic model. Unlike the linear ‘take, make, waste’ system, a circular economy aims to keep products and materials in use for as long as possible. This is achieved through reuse, repair, sharing, repurposing, remanufacturing, and recycling materials to form a ‘closed-loop’ system, ACS said.
Currently, the fashion industry is resource-intensive and highly polluting. However, adopting a rental or resale model allows retailers to embrace circularity whilst allowing them to decouple growth from the mass production of textiles. Overall, this has a positive impact on the economy and the environment, according to ACS.