In 2020 the BFC launched IPF with an ambition to unite and accelerate the fashion industry in its goal for a sustainable and equitable future. Focused on creating actionable pathways in response to the climate change agenda, the IPF’s ambition is to build the foundations of a circular fashion ecosystem in the UK by 2030 whilst contributing to the UK’s commitments under the 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change. The Circular Fashion Ecosystem (CFE) is the IPF’s flagship programme, underpinning the BFC’s intent for industrial-scale change for the UK fashion industry.
CFE Phase 1 was published in September 2021, which set a blueprint for the fashion industry to reach a circular fashion ecosystem. This included three Target Outcomes, 10 Priority Action Areas and 30 Recommendations to stakeholders. CFE Phase 2 was launched in 2022, with the IPF Team publishing an interim Progress Report, which presented insights into stakeholder advances and challenges to reach a circular fashion ecosystem. Specifically, engagement within the framework of 10 Action Areas and 30 Recommendations from CFE Phase 1. By collating these advances and challenges, the complexity, ease, potential for collaboration and opportunity to leverage existing initiatives to transition to a circular fashion ecosystem were understood.