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14 March 2019

Australia’s first ‘circular’ fashion conference just got bigger – offering local businesses the chance to learn from global sustainability leaders.

Australian Circular Fashion Conference 2018

Australian Circular Fashion Conference 2018

What is the Australian Circular Fashion Conference (ACFC)?

It’s Australia’s first fashion business-to-business conference on circular and sustainable business practice, begun by local textile designer turned entrepreneur Camille Reed.

With Australians sending 22 kilos of textile waste to landfills per person, per year, and sustainability a global concern, ACFC is a local event giving local industry the opportunity to learn from world leaders of sustainable business models.

What is ‘circular’ fashion?

It’s the now infamous doughnut economic principle applied to fashion. Instead of the current ‘take-make-waste’ product lifecycle, circular fashion explores ways that items can be designed to be ‘repaired-recovered-regenerated-reused’, with as little impact on the environment as possible.

What to expect 

Held as a one-day event in Sydney last year, ACFC moves to its new Melbourne home in March 2019. With business leaders from some of the country’s biggest retail companies attending, the conference returns with an expanded two-day program.

Day one follows the traditional conference model with guest speakers from major brands including Mara Hoffman, Filippa K, Eileen Fisher and Cotton On, sharing their first-hand experience in transforming their brands into something more sustainable.

A new addition, day two is a series of workshops giving local businesses and creatives the opportunity to work with some of the world’s biggest industry players in addressing the toughest hurdles preventing more sustainable practices.

Australian Circular Fashion Conference will be held from 21-22 March 2019. Full programming and ticket details at www.australiancircularfashion.com.au

Circular Fashion Resources

For designers and fashion businesses 

Ethical Clothing Australia

Works with local industry to ensure compliance with ethical standards. Their website contains lots of useful resources helping keep business up-to-date with latest trends

For consumers

Good on you

This Melbourne-based, globally focused guide contains information on ethical and sustainable business practices for more than 2,000 brands (and counting).

Produced by Ethical Clothing Australia, this guide lists the Melbourne-based designers and brands that have that have received accreditation from Ethical Clothing Australia - a robust compliance process where brands must show their strong commitment to ongoing ethical practice and giving workers a fair go.