Big Fashion taking steps to extend life of garments

The second hand clothing market is big business – over 140 billion dollars a year globally. Last month, Assembly Label – a large fashion brand – announced Re-Worn – a program that uses donated Assembly Label items and resells them at half the original sales price. The CEO said that it was inspired by “circular practices and resource recovery” that they had seen elsewhere.

Although this is not a new idea and smaller boutique stores have used smaller-scale programs like this, its one of the first times big name fashion brands are engaging with end-of-garment-life responsibility.

2SER’s Tuesday Daily host sat down with Dr Taylor Bridges, research principal at the Institute for Sustainable Futures, to discuss the potential ripple effects this might have.

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