Made in China 2025: Are you on the list? China is firing on all fronts: One Road, One Belt; Water Ten Plan; Circular Economy Promotion Plan and now the Made in China 2025 Action Plan. Awash with 'Future China' buzzwords, each of these have identified target industries. This month we take a look at which industries have made it to which lists as well as how & why China intends to go circular. Since global fashion is particularly exposed to China's regulatory risk, we detail 8 reasons why it's time for the sector to leap or fall. Meanwhile Solidaridad share case studies from its Better Mills Initiative and NRDC expands on its success with Clean by Design. Ultimately, China wants fashion to go circular so we tapped Redress CEO for insights into how design can generate less waste and new revenue streams. Is it just buzzwords? Or is this change for real? Read on...
Made in China 2025: Are you on the list? China is firing on all fronts: One Road, One Belt; Water Ten Plan; Circular Economy Promotion Plan and now the Made in China 2025 Action Plan. Awash with 'Future China' buzzwords, each of these have identified target industries. This month we take a look at which industries have made it to which lists. The list you are on matters: industries identified in the Made in China 2025 Action Plan differ from those in the Circular Economy Promotion Plan.
Fashion didn't make it to the Made in China 2025 list but textiles is a sector identified to go circular. Since it is also the most targeted sector in the Water Ten Plan, we took a deeper dive into what this means for this industry and found that there are 8 reasons why it's time to leap or fall.
With only two to three years to comply, the apparel sector needs to move fast. There are initiatives & solutions that can help. The Better Mill Initiative has proven business cases in water savings, Solidaridad’s Zhao Lin expands. Another is NRDC’s Clean by Design, which as Linda Greer shares had stellar results in Chinese textile mills.
Yet despite lots of action on ground and additional regulatory risks, engagement by global brands still lags. Global fashion could not only be blindsided by China's Water Ten but new Future China policies as well. Ultimately, China wants fashion to go circular so we tapped Redress CEO, Christina Dean for insights into how design can generate less waste and new revenue streams.
But it is more than buzzwords - radical changes in business practices and consumer habits are needed to go circular. Think about it - are you ready to wear, let alone pay more for recycled clothes? In reality, China policymakers may have made that choice for you now.
Made in China 2025: Are You on the List?
How does the new Made in China 2025 Action Plan fit with other 'Future China' plans? Are the ten industries in Made in China 2025 the same as the Circular Economy Ten? Find out why which list matters
China's Economy: Linear to Circular
After Germany and Japan, China is the third country globally that has enacted polices to move towards a circular economy. China Water Risk's Thieriot on how and why China needs to make this transition. Which industries are affected, what is the role of industrial parks?
Water Ten & Fashion: 8 Reasons to Leap or Fall
China Water Risks' Hu shares 8 reasons why China's Water Ten is actually an ultimatum for the apparel sector to leap or fall. They need to decide which soon, as there is only two to three years before the paradigm shift
On Being Water Conscious in Textiles
Zhao Lin from Solidaridad expands on the Better Mill Initiative (BMI) and provides solid business cases in water savings for the textile sector. See how water & energy savings can result in sustainable & financially viable gains with short payback periods
Gaining Traction: Clean by Design
Many factories look to MNCs to help address environmental issues that have arisen from textile production but there is scant on ground corporate engagement by brands. See how NRDC's 'Clean By Design' textile mill programme in China has achieved stellar results despite this. NRDC's Linda Greer expands
Putting Waste Back Into Fashion
China is clamping down on textiles due to the heavy pollution & waste from the industry. With potential new revenues streams in recycling, hear from Redress CEO Christina Dean on how the EcoChic Design Award's army of sustainable designers is closing the loop on textile waste