CIRCULAR BY DESIGN We’re working toward a world in which the clothes we wear today become tomorrow’s raw materials.
The global fashion industry creates more greenhouse emissions than international flights and shipping combined—a whopping 1.2 billion tons a year. It's also projected to consume a quarter of the world's annual carbon output by 2050. We're calling for a circular textile economy to make fashion more sustainable, but we can't do it alone.
That's why we've signed Global Fashion Agenda's 2020 Circular Fashion System Commitment. We pledge to take specific actions that will help move the industry from a take-make-waste model toward a circular one.
By 2020 we pledge to:
- Increase by 50% the number of garments that have been remanufactured through our circular program, EILEEN FISHER Renew.
- Increase the number of garments collected through our circular program by 20%.
- Increase the resale of used garments by 25%.
- Implement circular design principles to create a closed-loop product offering.
- Increase the volume of used garments recycled into textile fibers.
What We're Already Doing
We’ve always believed in design that stands the test of time. In 2009, we started a take-back program, part of a circular system that preserves the value of our clothes at every stage. So when you're done with your clothes, we take them back, in any condition, to be resold or renewed through techniques like overdyeing and mending.
And the pieces we can't use? We save every scrap, because they're tomorrow's raw materials. Damaged garments are resewn into one-of-a-kind designs—just one of the solutions we've created to address the mounting problem of textile waste.
By the Numbers
- 800,000 pieces of clothing taken back since 2009.
- 200,000 pieces taken back in 2017.
- 4% of what we make each year comes back to us through our take-back program.