While the focus on preserving the planet's resources continues to grow, the concept of the circular economy, also known as sustainable production, plays an increasingly important role, especially in the textile industry. This fact is supported by the annual fashion report for the previous year. On the agenda of the RFW panel discussion are topics related to the challenges of the industry, the use of eco-friendly fibers in production, sustainable consumption, and textile circulation in Northern European and Baltic countries.
"The negative impact of the textile industry on the environment worldwide and in Latvia continues to increase. We urge representatives of the fashion industry to be responsible and incorporate sustainable development principles into their business activities — creating high-quality, durable products and taking responsibility for their entire lifecycle. Clothing and footwear become waste after use, so it is essential to pay special attention to creating a quality product with the longest possible lifecycle, implement appropriate marketing, and not neglect sales ethics," comments Solveiga Grisle, a board member of "AJ Power Recycling," the official partner of RFW for sustainable development.
"The goal of a circular economy is to reduce the impact of production waste on the planet by promoting more sustainable and efficient resource use and reducing waste generation. This means that products should be durable (including from an emotional perspective), repairable, and recyclable. Additionally, systems should be established for collecting, sorting, reusing, and recycling products at the end of their lifecycle," adds Kerli Kant-Hvass, a sustainable development expert from Estonia.
The panel discussion on "Circular Economy Importance in Fashion" will take place on October 23 from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM at the "Forum Cinemas" venue. Tickets are available on the forumcinemas.lv website.
General Partner of RFW: Stockmann Department Store.
Official Partner of RFW for Sustainable Development: AJ Power Recycling.
Co-organizer of the panel discussion: Latvian Investment and Development Agency (LIAA).
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