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Ethical and sustainable, the future of fashion rhymes with green

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Ethical and sustainable, the future of fashion rhymes with green

Appointment on February 29th with Milano Circolarethe event of the Municipality of Milan dedicated to circular fashion and design in the city, aimed at sector operators, experts, businesses, startups, associations and third sector entities, local institutions, citizens and citizens who want to learn more about the world of the circular economy and the policies of the municipal administration to make Milan more circular and sustainable.

The first edition of Milan Circular Milan – initiative of the Department of Economic Development and Labor Policies, carried out in collaboration with NEMA – Rete Nuove Manifatture, as part of the European Horizon 2020 Centrinno project and the Air and Climate Plan of the Municipality of Milan – took place in February 2023 and it saw the participation of over 100 Milanese entities with exhibitions, talks, workshops and international guests with testimonies from other European cities.

The 2024 edition will always take place in Base Milan and will be organized in 2 gendersoni: the first session, organized by the Municipality of Milan, will be dedicated to the presentation of the Action Plan on the circular economy in the fashion, textile, furniture and consumer goods sectors; the second session, organized by NEMA, will be dedicated to communities of circular operators operating in cities, with experiences from Malmö, Baltimore, Berlin, Ljubljana and Milan.

The event will open with a speech by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, a global network of more than 2,500 local institutions from around the world committed to promoting sustainable urban development – ​​which will present the “Circular Cities Declaration” which commits member cities to promoting and sharing public policies regarding the circular economy.

Following this, the Municipality of Milan will present the Action Plan for the circular economy in the fashion, textile, furniture and consumer goods sectors. The Plan was developed as part of the European research project Centrinno thanks to comparisons with other participating cities, including Barcelona, ​​Paris, Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Geneva. Over the last year, the Plan has been discussed with experts, associations and companies who participated in the project activities.

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The future of fashion, therefore, increasingly rhymes with green. Even more so in the 2020, the textile sector was the third largest source of water resources and land use degradation. In that year, they were needed on average nine cubic meters of water, 400 square meters of land and 391 kilograms of raw materials to provide clothes and shoes for every EU citizen.

Water pollution – It is estimated that textile production is responsible for approximately 20% of global drinking water pollution due to the various processes that the products undergo, such as dyeing and finishing, and that washing synthetic clothes releases 0.5 million tons of microfibres into the seas every year.

Washing synthetic clothing, for example, represents the 35% of the release of primary microplastics into the environment. A single load of laundry on polyester clothing can result in the release of 700,000 microplastic fibers that can end up in the food chain. (Teleborsa)

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