White Paper: Unravelling the Problem of Apparel Waste in the Greater Vancouver Area

This report takes the first step towards the transition from a linear to a circular apparel system by defining the problem of apparel waste, explaining the existing system of apparel waste generation and management in the greater Vancouver area, and presenting key opportunities that need to be realized by the industry, waste management and government stakeholders in order to make the transition to circular fashion. The report details that while there is an existing system to manage apparel waste, it is not circular and it doesn’t capture all the waste that is created. To move the industry forward, we need to innovate and find ways to capture more material. And ultimately, we need to move from a linear to a circular system—to “circular fashion.”


The Leverage Lab was the impetus for the production of this White Paper wouldn't have been possible without the help of our partners and sponsors: 


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