The Issue

The textile industry is one of the most polluting, unethical and wasteful industry on earth. It’s actually the second most polluting industry after oil and before the livestock industry. It is estimated that between 80 and 100 billion pieces of clothing are produced each year and the environment in which workers are creating textiles are considered some of the most unethical of any industry.

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About the Forum

The primary aim of the Forum is to support the development of strategies that increase the diversion of textiles waste from disposal in London. This can be achieved through London based and national initiatives.

The forum meets four times a year during a whole afternoon with its chair and members. Sessions include presentations from relevant speakers according to the specific topic and a roundtable Question and Answer part where everybody discusses and debates on how to address the problems.

The subjects discussed at the Forum are varied. They include but are not limited to: the circular economy, project initiatives, national, European and international textile policies, role of charities and different stakeholders across the UK and specifically in London.

Our Goals

  • Reduce Waste

    To prevent textiles from entering the waste stream.

  • Improve Access to Recycling

    To identify and overcome barriers that hinder the collection, processing and potential market development opportunities for textile re-use and recycling.

  • Provide a Platform

    To monitor and support relevant projects developed by members while providing a platform for the latter to openly discuss the issues surrounding the industry.

How can you get involved?

If the work done with the Forum interests you, please join us! We currently have almost a 100 members, who are dedicated to making the textile industry more sustainable. Unfortunately, members cannot be individuals, but if you belong to one of the following categories, please contact us at or ring us on 020 72349 400.

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What Our Members are Doing

Meeting Records